Special help for PRONUNCIATION in speaking Chinese.

To speak Chinese, how do I PRONOUNCE the sounds? Am I saying it right? How do I use the PINYIN alphabet system to pronounce Chinese?


Chinese Phonetics @ myechinese.org:
- Pronunciation Lab, extremely thorough and scientific pronunciation website, with all Chinese language sounds categorized (with search function) by pinyin initials and finals, and over 25 characteristics from phonetic science, with diagrams for mouth and tongue movements and animation with audio and step-by-step explanation of each pronunciation, plus video of the mouth movements of a native speaker [ http://www.myechinese.org/chinesey/ ]
Phonetics, with pages for all the Initials, Vowels, Rules, with diagrams for mouth and tongue movements, audio using QuickTime browser plugin, instructional video for Tones [ http://www.myechinese.org/EN/Chinese/huashuo2.aspx ]


Chinese Pronunciation Guide @ Harvard University, very thorough and systematic with pinyin and audio [ http://www.courses.fas.harvard.edu/~pinyin/ ]


Chinese Pronunciation @ sinosplice.com. More than you will ever need to know about Chinese pronunciation, including "misconceptions" and facts "not widely understood". [ http://www.sinosplice.com/learn-chinese/pronunciation-of-mandarin-chinese ]
- includes extensive Tone Pair Drills with audio [ http://www.sinosplice.com/learn-chinese/tone-pair-drills/3 ], with an introduction here [ http://www.sinosplice.com/learn-chinese/tone-pair-drills ]


Pinyin Pronunciation @ Oxford University's CTCFL:
- Pinyin Pronunciation Lesson: all the pinyin sounds for pronouncing and writing pinyin, tones, tone changes, explanations of mouth and tongue movements, audio [ http://www.ctcfl.ox.ac.uk/Pinyin_Notes.htm ]
- Pinyin Pronunciation Practice, very extensive in 4 levels of practice stages, with audio [ http://www.ctcfl.ox.ac.uk/Pinyin.htm ]


Chinese Pronunciation Practice @ ucsd.edu, thorough guide of Chinese pronunciation using pinyin, with Flash audio pages (please wait for Flash to fully load) for the initials, finals, compound finals and tones in combination, plus pinyin spelling rules [ http://chinesestudies.ucsd.edu/cpp/index.htm ]


Chinese Phonetics @ China Radio International:
- Chinese Pronunciation, comprehensive rules of pinyin & pronunciation [ http://english.cri.cn/chinese2007/chinese/english/lesson01/Phonetics.html ]
- Pinyin Table of all the initial and final combinations with Flash audio [ http://english.cri.cn/chinese2007/chinese/english/lesson01/pinyin.html ]


Table of Pinyin Pronunciation in "Ting" Chinese Study Center website @ University of Maine at Farmington, with all the pinyin initials, vowels and finals, and with audio [ http://hua.umf.maine.edu/Chinese/topics/pinyin/pinyin.html ]
The Four Tones, illustrated by drills of the four tones with "commonly confused sounds", with audio [ http://hua.umf.maine.edu/Chinese/topics/tones/tones.html ]


"Panda Pinyin" @ yes-chinese.com, online system using Flash software, click & listen to the audio [ http://www.yes-chinese.com/pinyin/ ]


Pronunciation Lab @ chinesetime.cn - practice with the video for each initial and final [ http://www.chinesetimeschool.com/en-us/study-tools/chinese-pronunciation/ ]


Pinyin Combination Charts @ chineselearner.com, four charts with all the combinations, with Flash audio, and pages on Pinyin Rules and Pinyin Toneshttp://www.chineselearner.com/pinyin/ ]


Chinese Phonetics @ china-on-site.com, all the initials and finals with pinyin & audio, and some explanatory notes for mouth and tongue movements [ http://www.china-on-site.com/language/phonetic/phonetic.htm ]


Chinese Pinyin Cheat Sheet @ yoyochinese.com, see a table of all the initials and finals with their "approximate English equivalent"
http://www.yoyochinese.com/files/attachments/Chinese_pinyin_cheat_sheet.jpg ]



Chinese Phonetics @ Putonghua Study Net:

- Distinguish Between Initials that Sound Close, plus Initials Reading Practice, lists of two-character word examples to practice the pronunciation of the finals (声母发音); lists of two-character word examples that help to distinguish between initials that sound close (声母辨音) (in Chinese and pinyin phonetics only, NO English)

- Distinguish Between Pairs of Finals that Sound Close, lists of two-character word examples, each character with finals that sound close to the other, to help the problem of distinguishing (辨正) between finals that sound close (in Chinese and pinyin phonetics only, NO English)

- Tables to Help Distinguish Between Close Pinyin Sounds, tables (辨音字表) of many examples of words with close pinyin pronunciations to help the problems of distinguishing between close pinyin sounds (in Chinese and pinyin phonetics only, NO English)

Tonal Rules & Drills @ Putonghua Study Net (in Chinese and pinyin phonetics only, NO English)

- Complete List of Light Tone Words, with many examples, pinyin phonetics and words in Chinese characters, in alphabetical pinyin order. (Same list with audio @ putonghua520.com.)

- List of Two Syllable/Character Words with the Light Tone, in alphabetical pinyin order

- List of Two Syllable/Character Words with "Heavy followed by Light Tone", in alphabetical pinyin order

- Complete Categorized List of ErHua, with many examples, pinyin phonetics and words in Chinese characters, in alphabetical pinyin order of the sound modified final syllable character (in Chinese and pinyin phonetics only, NO English). (The first 15 listed groups with audio @ putonghua520.com.)

- List of Erhua, list of Chinese words with erhua, in alphabetical pinyin order of the initial character of the word (just Chinese characters, NO pinyin phonetics, NO English)

- Erhua Drill List (just Chinese characters, NO pinyin phonetics, NO English)

- Phonetic Transformations/Modulations @ Putonghua Study Net (in Chinese and pinyin phonetics only, NO English):
      1) "一 yi, 不 bu", Light Tone
      2) 儿 Erhua
      3) 啊 a, ya, wa, na, nga, ra

- Phonetic Transformations/Modulations Drills, drill lists for the following transformations: "一 yi, 不 bu" || light tone || erhua (in Chinese and pinyin phonetics only, NO English)



Pronunciation & Pinyin @ xcn-chinese.com, 12 pronunciation lessons plus 6 video lessons [ http://www.xcn-chinese.com/www/chinese_course/video_pinyin/index.asp ]


PinyinPractice.com, 6 pinyin lessons for beginners with audio
[ http://pinyinpractice.com/speakchinese/speakchinese.html ]


Pinyin Pronunciation & Spelling @ guoshi.com website from China Education TV, learn some spelling and pronunciation using Chinese pinyin together with a class of Chinese 1st Grade kids in recorded videos of 15 minute classes: "a, o, e (Part 1)" || "a, o, e (Part 2)" || "i, u (Part 1)" || "i, u (Part 2)" ||  "y, w" || "ai, ei ui" || "ao, ou, iu (Part 1)" || "ao, ou, iu (Part 2)" || "ie, ue, er, ye, yue (Part 1)" || "ie, ue, er, ye, yue (Part 2)"|| "an, en, in, un"


Basics of Chinese Pronunciation from LIOW Kah Joon:
- Chinese Pronunciation Intro [ http://www.living-chinese-symbols.com/chinese-pronunciation.html ]
- Chinese pronunciation Part 2 [ http://www.living-chinese-symbols.com/chinese-pronunciation-2.html ]


Mandarin Tone Drill interactive exercise @ ShuFaWest, with audio [ http://shufawes.ipower.com/language/tonedrill.html ]
Duo-Tone Drill interactive exercise, with audio [ http://shufawes.ipower.com/language/dual-tonedrill.html ]







Chinese Pronunciation in-depth analysis, including "misconceptions" & facts "not widely understood", @ sinosplice.com
all about Chinese Pronunciation @ sinosplice.com, including "misconceptions" and facts "not widely understood"



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