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Lesson 21 Pinyin Initials - Part 3

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In your final lesson on Chinese initials, learn the 'z', 'c', and 's' sounds to close out your mastery of Chinese pronunciation! Once again, remember to pay close attention how to form these sounds with your mouth as they may not come as easily as other Chinese sounds.
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In your final lesson on Chinese initials, learn the 'z', 'c', and 's' sounds to close out your mastery of Chinese pronunciation! Once again, remember to pay close attention how to form these sounds with your mouth as they may not come as easily as other Chinese sounds.

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Sorry but when you say "Ce sou" for bathroom, it doesn't sound like the "C" is being pronounced with a "ts" but rather with just a "t" only. I noticed this effect while on "fluentu.com" as well learning the word, "can ting" for restaurant. It sounded like "tan ting" to me, But when you say, "ci" for "word" it sounds like "ts", do you notice this? I am noticing something that is real? Is there a reason for this? Is this real? Or am I just imagining things?
LanguageGuy 1 year 10 months ago
There shouldn't be any difference in how "c" is pronounced depending on the final sound that follows it. It should always be a "ts" sounds. Maybe spend some time with the pinyin chart, so that you can listen closely and compare syllables that start with the "t" initial (all the syllables in the 7th column) to the syllables that start with the "c" initial (sixth column from the end). It might just be a matter of practicing and training your ear to always hear the difference.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 10 months ago
HiYang Yang , I would like to know if we add wo ( me ) to zi ji it becomes >> myself ?! Or if not how do you say myself ! Thanks
cocodubenin 1 year 10 months ago
Yes, 我自己 (wǒ zì jǐ) is myself. :)
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 10 months ago
Hi Yang Yang, what's the difference between s and x? The pronunciations of these 2 words are the same to me
Thanh Thanh Vo 2 years 1 week ago
"S" is pronounced like "s" in "this", and "x" sounds like "see". To help you nail down how it sounds, maybe try spending some time with our video-based pinyin chart.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 4 days ago
What is the difference between ci and zi? Both mean word/character.
romancetoday 2 years 2 months ago
zi4 (字) is a character. Sometimes it's a word, but often it's not. ci2 (词) is a word. You may refer to our Chinese character course series 1 lesson 2 for the explanation of characters vs. word. Hope that helps.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 2 months ago
This lesson was very helpful, up until now i thought that z had the TS sound, thanks!
pcobos 2 years 5 months ago
which one does chinese people mostly use for toilet/ bathroom/restroom, is it ce suo or xi shou jian?
kristin 2 years 8 months ago
That's a great question. ce suo is more commonly used among friends and family, while xi shou jian is more polite to used in the public.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 8 months ago
Hi Yangyang. My question is about the pronunciation of pinyin 'c' in 'ce suo'. Up to now, in your videos I hear 'c' like English 'ts' - BOTH the 't' and 's' elements of the sound come across clearly. However, in this video when you say 'ce suo' I hear 'c' as a 't' sound only. I can't hear the second 's' (fricative) part of the sound. In 'ce suo' should I hear the 'c' as 2 sounds or is the 's' sound meant to be very weakly articulated in this word. If so, does this happen elsewhere?
Bent 2 years 9 months ago
Hmmm, not sure why you hear a difference in that particular example. The "c" sound is always pronounced as "ts." Maybe it would help if you try to not to listen for two separate sounds (t + s) and instead try to think of it as just one aspirated sound.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 8 months ago
When saying a noun is good, does 'hao' go before or after the noun. Is it different with people as opposed to objects?
Bilchick 2 years 11 months ago
It goes after the noun. It doesn't matter whether it's people or objects. However, you may add a "很 hen3" as in 很好hen3 hao3 for rhythmic balance.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 11 months ago
Does the same thing apply to all adjectives when they're not the subject of the sentence. Example: The BIG dog barked.
Bilchick 2 years 11 months ago
In this case, the BIG dog barked, the adjective big should go before dog to describe it. It's different to the previous example sentence: a noun is ___(adjective), such as the dog is big, then big goes after the subject. The order is just the same as in English. Hope that helps.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 11 months ago
ni zui hao ... Xie Xie ni YangYang.
taichiforlife12345 3 years 2 months ago
This is like being a baby learning to talk! Especially the C.
Ash Blue 4 years 5 months ago
yah sorta huh
Clawpaw 3 years 8 months ago
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