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A simple way to pronounce initials

posted 11 Jun 2016, 13:27 by Yolanda Luo   [ updated 11 Jun 2016, 13:45 ]

Many new beginners of Chinese language can handle well the pronunciation of the finals (vowels) after a few Mandarin Chinese lessons. However, they find it difficult to pronounce some initials (consonants).

Actually, many of the 23 Mandarin initials have the same sound as their English equivalent, such as f, k, m, n and s. Below I present a table showing the pronunciation of some of the initials that are different from their English counterparts (letters in red color).

Pronunciation of Mandarin Chinese initials and their English counterparts

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