Break Through Chinese Pronunciation 9 – Sounds ending in -un

Hi everybody this is Chris, for part 9 of Break Through Chinese Pronunciation, the video series that breaks down Mandarin sounds and tones, and helps you to perfect your Mandarin Chinese pronunciation. This time we're looking at sounds ending in -un. This is another sound that is not pronounced like you would expect if you are an English speaker. It's actually got a little bit of an -oo sound in the middle, so it's almost like you're saying -oo-un. Try practising the words in the video, Continue Reading

Break Through Chinese Pronunciation 8 – Sounds ending in -uang

Hi everybody and welcome to part 8 of Break Through Chinese Pronunciation. In this video we're looking at the -uang sound in Pinyin. If you were reading this as an English word, you might expect it to be pronounced -uang, but it's actually -u ah ng, more of a nasal sound. Repeat after the sounds in the video to hear the most accurate representation. Guang - 光线 guāngxiàn - light Kuang - 疯狂 fēngkuáng - crazy Huang - 黄色 huángsè - yellow Zhuang - 服装 fúzhuāng - clothing Shuang - 凉爽 Continue Reading

Break Through Chinese Pronunciation 7 – Sounds ending in -ui

Hi everybody, this is Part 7 of Break Through Chinese Pronunciation. This time we're looking at sounds in Pinyin that and in -ui. And this is another type of sound in Pinyin that isn't pronounced like you would expect if you were reading it as an English word, so it's another one that we need to pay particular attention to. It's not pronounced 'oo ee', but 'oo ay', but copy the examples in the video for the most accurate representation. It's almost like it should be written Continue Reading

Break Through Chinese Pronunciation 6 – The u sounds in Chinese

Hi everybody this is Chris for video 6 of Break Through Chinese Pronunciation from Fluent in Mandarin.com, the video series that helps you to perfect your Chinese pronunciation and tones. In this video we're going to be looking at the u sound in Mandarin Chinese. You'll find that there are actually two u sounds in Mandarin. The u in pinyin is similar to the oo in fool in English. When you say it you push your lips forward and they make a round shape. The second type of u sound is Continue Reading

Break Through Chinese Pronunciation 5 – Sounds ending in -ang and -eng

Hi everybody this is Chris, for Part 5 of Break Through Chinese Pronunciation, the video series that breaks down Mandarin sounds and tones, and helps you to perfect your Mandarin Chinese pronunciation. In this video, we're looking at sounds in Pinyin that end in -ang and -eng, and the difference between them. You would expect Bang to be pronounced ‘bang’ but it’s actually ‘b 'ah' ng’ You would expect Beng to be pronounced  ‘beng’ but it’s actually ‘bng' Here are the words from the Continue Reading

Break Through Chinese Pronunciation 4 – Sounds ending in -en

Hi everybody this is Chris, for Part 4 of Break Through Chinese Pronunciation from Fluent in Mandarin.com, the video series that breaks down Mandarin sounds and tones, and helps you to perfect your Mandarin Chinese pronunciation. In this video we're going to be looking at the sound -en in Pinyin. You would expect ben to be pronounced ‘ben’ like the name Ben in English, but it’s actually pronounced ‘bn' Ben - 笨 bèn - stupid yī běn shū 一本书 - a book Pen - 喷泉 pēn quán - fountain Fen - 粉色 Continue Reading

Break Through Chinese Pronunciation 3 – The -e sound

Hi everybody this is Chris, for the third part of Break Through Chinese Pronunciation: the video series that breaks down Mandarin sounds and tones, and helps you to perfect your Mandarin Chinese pronunciation. In this video we’re going to be looking at the letter E in Pinyin. If you just saw an -e in English, you would think this is pronounced e, but it’s actually pronounced ‘e’, like ‘er’ you don’t know what you want to say, or something looks pretty disgusting to you and you just want to Continue Reading

Break Through Chinese Pronunciation 2 – The difference between -uo and -ou

  Hi everybody, this is the second video of Break Through Chinese Pronunciation, the video series that helps you to perfect your Chinese pronunciation and tones. Since this is Part 2, I suggest you check out my video on the 4 tones in Mandarin and Part 1 of this series first, If you haven't already, and then come back to this video. Remember to repeat all the sounds you hear out loud and pay attention to the tones. Dou - 豆腐 dòufu - tofu Tou - 头疼 tóu téng - headache Mou - 某一个 Continue Reading

Break Through Chinese Pronunciation 1 – Sounds ending in -o and -uo

Hi everybody, and welcome to Break Through Chinese Pronunciation. In this series, we'll cover all the key sounds in Mandarin that don't exist in English or are not pronounced like you think, as well as the most difficult and confusing sounds in the language, so you can really get a handle on Chinese pronunciation. If you're completely new to Chinese or you're finding Mandarin pronunciation difficult then these videos are for you. Or if you've been learning Mandarin for a while already Continue Reading

How important are the tones in Mandarin?

In another of my videos I talked about the four tones in Mandarin and we practised pronouncing them with single syllables. A lot of people find the tones difficult to pronounce and remember at the beginning, and you start to wonder how important they really are, and whether people will understand if you say something with the wrong tones. All the dialects of Chinese including Mandarin and Cantonese have tones; they are tonal languages, just like Thai, Vietnamese and other languages, which Continue Reading