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Lesson 23 Pinyin Review - Part 2

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In this lesson, continue your review of pinyin with a review of syllables that contain the letter 'i'. There are more than one sounds to master here, so make sure you pay special attention and do your own practice at the end!
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In this lesson, continue your review of pinyin with a review of syllables that contain the letter 'i'. There are more than one sounds to master here, so make sure you pay special attention and do your own practice at the end!

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Hi, I'm getting mixed with how to say CAR (che1) and TO EAT (chi1). Also HOT (re4) and SUN (ri4).
saiwah007 1 year 7 months ago
This is a very common problem, and it's great that you've identified the problem and are working on it! The main thing that distinguishes the "e" final from the "i filler" final (found only in zhi/chi/shi/ri) is that the "e" has a strong "uh" sound and requires that your tongue come down and your mouth open as you say it. For both "che" and "chi" you start with your tongue up and back in order to pronounce the "ch" correctly.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 7 months ago
To say "chi," you don't need to move your tongue at all. You keep it high and back, and you can also keep your teeth closed together. But for "che," after you start with your tongue up and back, you move your tongue down and open your mouth to pronounce the "e" (think "uh.") Same goes for "re" and "ri." Try practicing with the pinyin chart. Focus on the first and seventh rows.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 7 months ago
hello, I am having some issues trying to pronounce 车 and 吃 for me they kinda look the same, can you try to explain me the difference?
artutty 2 years 6 months ago
车 is pronounced chē, like ch + uh, and 吃 is pronounced chī. Please check out our video-based pinyin chart. Hope it will help.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 6 months ago
Hello, Yangyang:-) I noticed in this video that the "i" sound after Z, C, S, Sh, Zh and R seems to be more "guttural" than the "i" after J, Q and X. The latter "i" sounds more "pure" to me. In order to make the first "i" sound, I need to tense my throat somewhat. Is this correct, or am I overthinking things?
Tom86 3 years 11 months ago
There are some difference in pronunciation for these pinyins. When pronouncing ji, qi, xi, zi, ci, si, your tongue should remain flat, but for shi, zhi, and ri, you need to curl your tongue due to the "h" or "r" sound.
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 11 months ago
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