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Lesson 15 Pinyin Finals - Part 6

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In this lesson, get started learning the first section of the 'u' finals in pinyin. 'U' might not be pronounced as you think, so make sure you pay close attention. You'll learn a new pieces of vocab and practice your tones while you're at it!
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In this lesson, get started learning the first section of the 'u' finals in pinyin. 'U' might not be pronounced as you think, so make sure you pay close attention. You'll learn a new pieces of vocab and practice your tones while you're at it!

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tryin2retire 4 months 1 week ago
Hi Larry, we sent you a follow up email. Please let us know if you have any other questions! :)
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 4 months 1 week ago
Hi! I noticed that my Chinese teacher sometimes pronounces "w" as the English letter "v". For example, instead of wan (uan) she would say "van". Is it some kind of accent?
Billy95 1 year 8 months ago
Yes, a lot of people from the north/northeast of China pronounce the "w" as "v." We suggest that you use the "w" sound when you speak, but it's good that you're being exposed to this variation, since it's so common.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 8 months ago
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LanguageGuy 1 year 10 months ago
In your Lesson 9 Lecture notes, wǔ cān is used for lunch. It sounds like you are saying wǔ fàn. Both translate at lunch. Which are you saying? Which is more popular? Same with supper.
1scott1 2 years 4 months ago
You are right. Yangyang did say wǔ fàn instead of wǔ cān in the audio review. Both mean lunch and both are commonly used.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 4 months ago
I was going to ask the same question. The notes should match what she is saying.
geoffrobinson 2 years 3 months ago
I am unable to make the distinction between the pronunciations of "ua" and "uo", can you help me?
008klm 2 years 4 months ago
"ua" ends with "ah" sound, while "uo" ends with "aw" sound in "awesome". Hope that helps. You may also check out our video-based pinyin chart from he link above. Feel free to let us know if you have any further question.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 4 months ago
Hi I do not see differences when prouncing uan and uang. In general it seems to me not easy to catch the g when linked to n. waht m'I missing? thanks Luca
Pellicioli 2 years 6 months ago
You're probably listening for a strong, voiced "g" sound at the end, but it's not a strong sound in Chinese. Instead, the "ng" sound is more nasal. Be sure to make good use of our pinyin chart! It should be really helpful for you! Listen closely to all of the syllables in the "uan" row and then listen to all of them in the "uang" row to compare. After several listens, you should be able to hear the difference.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 6 months ago
Great lesson as always! I bought the Pinyin Lessons DVD when I first started learning and I always felt it was perfect for learning Pinyin. I think the confusion some people are having is because in the MP3 you only say 午饭 (wǔfàn) and 晚饭 (wǎnfàn), but in the PDF file only 午餐 (wǔcān) and 晚餐 (wǎncān) are written.
Coheed 2 years 6 months ago
Sorry for the confusion. Both fan4 and can1 may be used interchangeably here.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 6 months ago
I'm a little confused with the audio review. At 1:23 you say that lunch is "wu fan" while it's written as "wu can". I thought the letter "c" is pronounced as "ts"? Also google translate pronounces it as "wu tsan" instead of "wu fan". Thx
Ratmir 3 years 6 months ago
Both wu can and wu fan are okay; Both mean lunch.
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 6 months ago
But the correct pronunciation of the word wǔ cān is with the "ts" sound. Am I right Yangyang?. I checked in Google and others and it sounds with the "ts". Correct me please. Tks
bryandang1@hotmail.com 3 years 2 months ago
Yes, it does sound like "ts".
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 2 months ago
tku! :)
bryandang1@hotmail.com 3 years 2 months ago
What do you mean with "stand alone"? u-->wu,... etc Ratmir
Ratmir 3 years 6 months ago
When standing alone, u become w. For example, uan become/sound like wan, and uai become/sound like wai. Hope that helps.
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 6 months ago
so... we say wu fan for lunch? i heard chinese say rice or eat is usually chi fan ...fan ....usually
fattycat74 3 years 6 months ago
Yes, you may say wu fan or wu can for lunch, and wan fan or wan can for dinner. Chi fan is generally eat meal, it may be lunch or dinner.
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 6 months ago
sorry, i meant wan fan
fattycat74 3 years 6 months ago
sorry, i'm lost how do we say "eat lunch?" or...I want to eat lunch?
fattycat74 3 years 6 months ago
To be more specific, you may say, chi wu fan for eat lunch, and chi wan fan for eat dinner. :)
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 6 months ago
Hello thanks for the great lesson but I have a question in the lecture note about thee words: dinner / supper wǎn cān 晚餐 and lunch wǔ cān 午餐 when you pronounce them it's like (wǎn fān) and (wǔ fān), so why the "c" sounds like "f" here ?!! is it a just rule in this 2 words or what ?!!
Shohoud 3 years 10 months ago
I did realized the something... has "f" sound.
bryandang1@hotmail.com 3 years 2 months ago
I did realized the something... has "f" sound.
bryandang1@hotmail.com 3 years 2 months ago
That's a great question. They are actually two different words. 餐 is can1 and 饭 pronounces fan4. We might use either one. 晚餐 or 晚饭, similarly, 午餐 or 午饭.
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 10 months ago
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