Chinese Pronunciation Guide

CONSONANTS

b: “baw”
c: “ts” as in “hats”
ch: “chir” as in “churn”
d: unaspirated “t” as in “stop”
f: “faw”
g: “guh” as in “gull”
h: as in “hay” and also acceptable
as in “hero”
j: “gee” as in “gee whiz”
k: “kuh”
l: “luh”
m: “maw”
n: “nuh”
p: “paw”
q: “ch” as in “cheat”
r: “ir” as “er” in “bigger”
s: “suh”
t: “tuh”
w: “wuh”
x: “sh” as in “she”
y: as in “yes” but pronounced
with rounded lips if before a “u”
z: “ds” as in “fads”
zh: “j” as in “Joe”

VOWELS

a: as in “father”
ai: long “i” as in “eye”
an: “ahn” as in “sonogram”
ang: “ahng” an in “angst”
ao: “ow” as in “chow”
e: “uh” as in “bush”
ei: “ay” as in “way”
en: “un” as in “ton”
eng: “ung” as in “tongue”
er: “ar” as in “are”
i: “ee” as in “tea”
ia: “ya” as in “gotcha”
ian: “yan” as in “Cheyenne”
iang: “yahng” as in “y” followed
by “angst”
ie: “yeh” as in “yet”
iong: “young” as in “you” followed
by “ng”
iu: “you” as in “leo”
i after h or r: “r” as in “grr”
i after s, c, or z: “z” in “buzz”
i elsewhere: “ee” as in “beet”
o: “aw” as in “straw”
ong: “oong” as in “too” followed
by “ng”
ou: long “o” as in “so”
u: “oo” as in “too”
uai: “why”
uan: “wan” as in “want”
ueng: “wung” as in “one” followed
by “ng”
ui: “way”
un: “one”
u after q, j, x, or y: “oo” as in
“goo” quickly followed by “ee”
as in “see”
u elsewhere: “oo” as in “pooh”

Chinese Pronunciation Guide

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