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Lesson 10 Pinyin Finals - Part 1

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Pinyin finals are an essential part of mastering Chinese pronunciation. In this lesson, get started practicing finals by focusing on the first group of finals starting with the letter 'a'.
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Pinyin finals are an essential part of mastering Chinese pronunciation. In this lesson, get started practicing finals by focusing on the first group of finals starting with the letter 'a'.

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It would be more useful if each words or sentences would have its own recording on your lecture notes. Because I can not listen to any of them more than one unless I start over the whole lesson audio review. Also, your lesson audio review and lecture notes are in different page not in the same page.
smekh125 4 weeks 1 day ago
We actually have a brand new version of the website in production right now that has features just like that. Are you interested in trying it out? Let me know!
Jason at Yoyo Chinese 4 weeks 21 hours ago
Yangyang you are so charming and pleasant to listen to with clear and easy to understand instructions. I am very happy I joined!
Brett Ray 2 months 19 hours ago
Thank you for the great feedback! I will send it along to Yangyang for sure.
Jason at Yoyo Chinese 1 month 3 weeks ago
Hi!!!! You are cool))) I a problem with pronunciation with Ta? Is it tha or just Ta? with bu? Is b or bp? with zai jian? Dzai tien? please, help me)
Elizabeth Kapustina 1 year 1 month ago
Hi Elizabeth, you should check out our Pinyin Chart, with video explanations for pinyin a, b, z and j. Then you can play each of the pinyin syllables to double check that you are pronouncing each correctly!
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 1 year 1 month ago
Yes!!, i just figure out that the pronunciation is pretty much the same like in Spanish!!. Considering spanish is my mother language this is going to be more easy. Thank you teacher.
dlopeza15 1 year 6 months ago
That's great to hear! Happy studies. :)
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 6 months ago
I'm confused about the characters for "le" and "zi".I see them everywhere!!! What are all the situations where they are used and how do I know when to use them and when not to?
Bob J 1 year 10 months ago
Hi Bob, 了 (le) and 子 (zi) definitely do show up quite often! 子 (zi) is a noun suffix that is found at the end of certain nouns. It does not carry any specific meaning by itself unless used in the context of a son or child. Then it is pronounced zǐ with the third tone. 了 (le) will be covered in great detail starting at Lesson 91 of the Beginner course.
Micah at Yoyo Chinese 1 year 10 months ago
I have a question about where the tone markers appear. For example, For "hao" it is above the vowel a. For "guo" as in zhong guo, it is on the vowel o. Does the placement of the tone markers determine which vowel sound should be emphasized where there is more than one vowel involved in a word? Thank you.
catherineryu 1 year 12 months ago
You may refer to this page for detail info: http://www.pinyin.info/rules/where.html. Feel free to let us know if there's any further question.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 12 months ago edited
Do we have to memorize these?
Daniel Ortiz 2 years 6 months ago
No worries. You don't actually have to memorize them. It's mainly for pronunciation practice. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 6 months ago
jeje :), easy in spanish is equals a = a
darkguzz 2 years 8 months ago
I have a hard time trying to make a difference between "an" and "ang" (and also between en and eng). As I understand the vowel is longer in "ang" than in "an", but I'm not quite sure about how the final "ng" sounds: plain "n", same as in "an", or rather as the english "ng" sound.
djoj 2 years 11 months ago
The final "an" sounds somewhat like the "awn" in English "pawn," but shorter and tenser. The final "ang" is between the "ong" in English "song" and the "ung" in English "sung." The main difference is that in "ang," the tongue begins slightly further back and the vowel is longer than for "an." The "ng" sound in both "ang" and "eng" is lighter than in English.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 11 months ago
You will hear the differences easily after you've listened to these finals many times. One suggestion for practicing your listening is by using a pinyin chart with audio files, such as this one: http://english.cri.cn/chinese2007/chinese/english/lesson01/pinyin.html#. You can click on "an" and "ang" over and over until you've got them! And also listen to other syllables that have those finals, such as "ban" and "bang" and "wan" and "wang" to compare.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 11 months ago
Nihao Yangyang! I have a question. I notice that in tone pairs, the third tone (bouncing tone) does not bounce, but rests at the bottom like "uhhhh." But in words like Wo Ai Ni, it bounces with Wo and Ni. Why is this? Xie xie!
DeMeo 3 years 1 month ago
A syllable with a third tone usually only "bounces" up (called a "full third tone") when it's followed by a pause, such as at the end of a phrase or sentence. If the syllable with a third tone is followed by another syllable, then it will usually rest at the bottom like "uhhh" (called a "half third tone"). So, in the phrase "wǒ ài nǐ" usually only the "nǐ" at the end will "bounce" (full third) since it's at the end of the phrase, while the "wǒ" tone should be more like "uhhhh" (half third).
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 1 month ago
But if someone is really trying to emphasize the "wǒ," then they might say a full third tone.
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 1 month ago
Why does an sometimes sound like English on but other times like an in English and? Is it on or an?
pnichols 3 years 1 month ago
an by itself should sound like "aunt" in english without the "t". It sometime sounds like "an" in English when it's following "i", i.e. tian sounds like "tan" in English. Hope this helps.
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 1 month ago
Hi Yangyang! Do you have in your web the Pinyin Vowels Chart for download?
bryandang1@hotmail.com 3 years 2 months ago
You may download the pinyin cheat sheet here: https://www.yoyochinese.com/download/PinyinAndTimeWordsCheatSheet. :)
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 2 months ago
Hello YangYang! "nai nai" is defined as "grandma" in the lecture notes. Is nai nai "grandma" in general, without referring to whether the grandma is on the mom's or dad's side?
marybee1004 3 years 2 months ago
nai nai is from dad's side. wai4 po2 is from mom's side. :)
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 2 months ago
Thank you for your reply. Is there no "general" term for grandma, one that doesn't specify mom's/dad's side? In my culture, we can also use the general term for grandma to refer to/call elderly ladies.
marybee1004 3 years 2 months ago
In Chinese culture, there's no "general" term for grandma, however, elderly ladies can also be called "'last name + nai nai" or "last name + po po" too if you are close to them. Even uncle, auntie, and cousins are called differently from mom's side vs dad's side. For more information, please check out Chinese learning tips lesson 48
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 2 months ago
These are all very simple examples. While listening to Chinese programs it's difficult to identify the sounds. So the sounds change as you get more experienced with the language?
Wes 3 years 3 months ago
Teacher, please explain the sound "D". I have difficulty hearing correct pronunciation. Sometimes I hear "D" as "Th" sound and sometimes I hear just the normal sound of "D." Example: "dan" like dog, or "dui bu qi" like "th" sound. Xiexie.
sichamp1 3 years 5 months ago
It does sound a bit like "th", but with a flat tongue, like D in dance. it's the normal sound of "D". You might have heard from northerner, that sound a bit more like "th". Btw, did you mean "dan4" as egg? Dog means "gou3“. Hope this helps. :)
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 5 months ago
same for me, also french, started yesterday, a bit afraid of those tones, totally new concept for westerners, but hopefully it will go thru. Thks for the hard work and kindness. We can feel it thru the videos :) (no need to answer as well. All the best!)
tessier 3 years 7 months ago
Is there any tips on how to make the 3rd tone?
shylee21 3 years 9 months ago
Yangyang had covered that in lesson 3. Can you refer to that video? It's kind of similar to the sound of "uh-huh".
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 9 months ago
ohh like we say .. see you soon or see you again in English .. I got it .. thanks for the clarification. Zai4 Jian4.
Narang 3 years 9 months ago
Yes! You are welcome. :)
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 9 months ago
Yang Yang, I just looked at the characters for ZAI JIAN at the end of the video and found it being different from the other ZAI that stands for location (example : wo3 zai4 jia1 "I am at home" .. Though both the ZAIs have the same spellings, tones and pronunciation yet the characters are different // Could you please clarify.. and what is the literal meaning of ZAI JIAN (JIAN I KNOW MEANS TO SEE ORR MEAT SOME ONE)
Narang 3 years 9 months ago
Yes, many characters have the same pinyin but mean totally different because there are only slight more than 400 pinyin sounds for all the Chinese characters. Zai Jian means "goodbye". Literally, "again see".
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 9 months ago
Chinese does seem very logical. It just comes off as intimidating with everything that you have to remember. I promised myself to take a day at a time and see how it comes out. I hope I'm not expected to remember all the vocab words in the lecture notes. I'm mainly doing the video as it suggests..., and that's focus on the tones.
armygi80 3 years 11 months ago
hehe, don't get intimidated by all the words listed on the lecture notes. They just give you the examples on different tones and how the pinyin are pronounced. You are not expected to remember all the words, but know the sounds. :)
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 11 months ago
This lesson is quite interesting to say the least. As a French, I noticed that we pronounce "a" the same way than Chinese. It makes things a lot easier. This is my first comment on this website so I will take this opportunity to thank you and the rest of the crew for doing such an amazing work. You managed to combine quantity with quality which can be sometimes difficult. I hope I will be able to learn this beautiful language through this website. Wo gan xie ni! (No need to answer)
GodBlessMali 4 years 2 months ago
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