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Hi everyone.
Welcome to The Ultimate Chinese Pronunciation Guide.
In this lesson, you'll learn 8 Chinese consonants.
b, p, s, d, t, w, h, y
These consonant sounds are identical to the ones in English, so they should already be familiar to you.
Are you ready? Then let's get started!
The first consonant is...
b
爆炸 bàozhà
宝宝 bǎobao "baby"
杯子 bēizi “cup/glass”
Be careful, because this isn't like a hard B sound.
This is the unaspriated version of the P sound, such as it occurs in the word 'span'.
p, p (slowly)
p, p (slowly)
The next consonant is...
p
朋友 péngyou "friend"
皮包 píbāo "leather bag"
陪伴 péibàn "to accompany"
This is the aspirated version of the P sound, such as it occurs in the word 'pan'.
pʰ, pʰ (slowly)
pʰ, pʰ (slowly)
The next consonant is...
s
三 sān
颜色 yánsè "color"
搜索 sōusuǒ "to search"
Like the S in the word 'see'.
s, s (slowly)
s, s (slowly)
The next consonant is...
d
大 dà
对 duì "right"
东 dōng "east"
This isn't a hard D sound. This is the unaspirated version of the T sound, such as it occurs in the word 'stand'.
t, t (slowly)
t, t (slowly)
The next consonant is...
t
他 tā "he/him"
特点 tèdiǎn "feature"
地图 dìtú "map"
This is the aspirated version of the T sound, such as it occurs in the word 'tan'.
tʰ, tʰ (slowly)
tʰ, tʰ (slowly)
The next consonant is...
w
王 wáng
问 wèn "to ask"
外国人wàiguórén "foreigner"
Like the W in the word 'we'.
w, w (slowly)
w, w (slowly)
The next consonant is...
h
河 hé
红色 hóngsè "red"
很好 hěn hǎo "very good"
It's easy to think this is a H sound but it's more like a prolonged K sound. The trick is to make a K sound without cutting off the airstream completely.
It's like the CH sound in the word yech or the Scottish loch, as in Loch Ness.
x, x (slowly)
x, x (slowly)
The final consonant for this lesson is...
y
鸭 yā
一样 yíyàng "same"
游泳 yóuyǒng "swimming"
Like the Y in the word 'you'.
j, j (slowly)
j, j (slowly)
Well done! You just learned another 8 consonant sounds in Chinese.
b, p, s, d, t, w, h, y
In the next lesson, you'll learn 6 new consonant sounds. These sounds don't appear in English, so they'll be trickier than the last lot.
Were there more common sounds than you expected? Please comment and share your thoughts.
See you in the next Ultimate Chinese Pronunciation Guide lesson!

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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Were there more common sounds than you expected? Please comment and share your thoughts.

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Tuesday at 05:22 PM
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你好 robert groulx!


不用谢。(Bú yòng xiè.) = No need for thanks. You're welcome. 😇


谢谢 (Xièxie) for studying with us, it's great to have you here!


Let us know if you have any questions.


Kind regards,

雷文特 (Levente)

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robert groulx
Sunday at 11:06 PM
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thank you for the lesson transcript


favorite word is 很好


robert

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Wednesday at 06:31 PM
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你好,艾兰


I think most of the time, 'H' is voiced like 'H' in Hello, like 好 [hǎo],海 [hǎi]. A consonant's or vowel' voice may vary a little in differrent context, like in English, the vowel 'a' in 'have' can vary.

For Chinese, the tones are important, often more important than one consonant or vowel. You can be well understood, even though you don't do one consonant or vowel well in a line.


Thanks for learning with us.


Amy

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艾兰
Wednesday at 04:59 AM
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"H" sound is sometimes pronounced bt Chinese people as in Yech, and sometimes pronounced as the "H" sound in "hello".

你好, I always hear the "H" sound in this word pronounced different by Chinese people. Which one is correct?

I hope my question is clear, thank you.

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Thursday at 05:46 AM
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Hi Denisse


Take it easy, it's not that hard. For really understand Chinese pronunciation, you need to listen to the audio, the voice, and try to catch it by yourself. The English phonetic spelling cannot really explain it well and may make thing more confusing, since there are not exactly the voice of Chinese consonants X or Q in English.

To see if you voice it well, you may use your mobile to record your pronunciation, then compare with the lesson's reading.


Thanks for learning with us.


Amy

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Denisse
Wednesday at 08:05 AM
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Hi

Hhhm, not all consonants may be aspirated cause some of them actually have a burst of air, rigth? :O

Btw :3 May I know please the difference in pronunciation between X and Q?

Because I am really having a hard time trying to distinguish the difference between both c: Please

ChineseClass101.com Verified
Sunday at 03:03 PM
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Hi, Denisse,


All the consonants in pinyin are aspirated.?


Cho

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Denisse
Saturday at 07:18 AM
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OK, this bother me... :/

How will I know when the consonant is aspirated or unaspirated?

Like in g, k, b or p...

Is has to do something with the next vowel? The tone? Because I haven't seen a pinyin which indicates when a consonant is aspirated or not? :(

BTW, nice job doing the videos, I'm enjoying all of them despite my questions :v

So...? :( How will I know when the consonant is aspirated or unaspirated?