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Understanding Chinese Pinyin: Initials(声母表)


The Chinese language is mainly composed of monosyllabic morphemes, one Chinese pinyin / syllable for one Chinese character, and one Chinese pinyin / syllable consists of initial + final + tone.
In the pinyin of qiāng(枪, gun), "q" is the initial, "iang" is the final, "ˉ" which is above the vowel a is the tone. Chinese Putonghua (Mandarin) has 22 initials (21 consonant initials used 19 single english letters and 3 consonants are represented by combinations of two letters - 'zh', 'ch' and 'sh', another is Zero initial). Some of them are similar to English sounds, the others are not.

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Notes:
Select from the button of the pinyin initials to listen the pronunciation (flash animation and step-by-step description) and the video for that sound. If the button is not audible, it may be due to the low speed of network, the data may not transfer completed, please be patient and wait a few seconds to try again.