Mandarin Chinese/Pinyin/A, O, and E

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There are three (3) types of vowels in Chinese- Simple, Compound, Nasal

  • Simple consists of a single vowel
  • Compound is two (2) or more
  • Nasal ends in -n or -ng

This lesson, you will learn three (3) simple finals and one (1) compound final

Simple Finals[edit | edit source]

There are six (6) vowels in Chinese: a, e, i, o, u and ü

Vowel Pronunciation IPA English Example
a ah a father
e uh ʊ bud
o oh o toe

Compound Finals[edit | edit source]

"a" and "o" can combine to form "ao"- how

  • This IS the same sound as in well known, "Ni Hao"

In Short...[edit | edit source]

  • Three types
    • Simple
    • Compound
    • Nasal
  • a is ahh
  • e is uh
  • o is oh
  • ao is ow