PinYin Finals (Part II)

Review some of the PinYin sounds using a chart that relates the sounds to English.  That way, when you briefly forget a sound, it’s easy to get back on track.  Next, you WILL want to learn to the PinYin sounds said in Chinese.  By listening carefully, and mimicking the sounds, you offer yourself the best opportunity for cementing these sounds in your mind.  In essence, it helps to

  • Study
  • Review
  • Listen
  • Mimic

But, to truly get the most out of this workout, you’ll at least want to take the finals (“vowels”) and say EACH FINAL using all four of the tonal sounds.  In this way, you’ll be able to learn a sound and put it to use just as it is normally said in Chinese (with a tone, of course!).  Not only that, but this daily routine will ensure that you master both the tones and PinYin, which are the fundamentals of the language.

As I practice the finals on all four tones, I decided to call this daily exercise the “PinYin song.”  The reason for this is that as you are saying this routine, it truly does sound like a song you are singing!  At least, it should if you are saying your tones correctly!

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