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Pinyin: Part B - Pronunciation Practice 
12th-Feb-2007 11:02 pm
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1. Read the following aloud, being careful to pronounce the tones correctly. Refer to the audio clips to check your pronunciation.

a. The four tones of yi, in order and in reverse order:
yī     yí     yǐ     yì yì     yǐ     yí     yī
*Listen
   
b. The four tones of er:
ér     ěr     (ēr)     èr ěr     èr     ér     (ēr)
*Listen
   
c. sān vs. sǎn:
sān     sǎn     sǎn     sān sǎn     sān     sān     sǎn
*Listen
   
d. sī vs. sì:
sī     sì     sì     sī sì     sī     sī     sì
*Listen
   
e. wǔ vs. wù:  
wǔ     wù     wǔ     wù wù     wǔ     wù     wǔ
*Listen
   
f. liù vs liú:
liù     liú     liù     liú liú     liù     liú     liù
*Listen
   
g. qi vs qi:
qi     qi     qi     qi qi     qi     qi     qi
*Listen




2. Read aloud these common Chinese surnames. Refer to the audio clips to check your pronunciation. You’ll also hear the numbers read in Chinese before each name. You’ll learn the numbers in depth later. *Listen

1) Chén 7) Jiǎ 13) Liú 19) Xiè
2) Dèng 8) Jīn 14) Mèng 20) Yáng
3) Féng 9) Kǒng 15) Shěn 21) Zhāng
4) Gāo 10) Lǐ 16) Sūn 22) Zhào
5) Guō 11) Liáng 17) Tián 23) Zhèng
6) Huáng 12) Lín 18) Wú 24) Zhōu





3. Read the following words aloud, paying special attention to the tones. Refer to the audio clips to check your pronunciation. *Listen

1+1:
fēijī (airplane)
shāfā (Sofa)
shūbāo (school bag)
Xiāngshān (Fragrant Hills)
huāshēng (peanut)

1+1+1:
Zhījiāgē (Chicago)

2+2:
Chángchéng (Great Wall)
shítáng (cafeteria)
yínháng (bank)
yóutiáo (fried bread)
Huánghé (Yellow River)

2+2+2:
Yíhèyuán (Summer Palace)

4+4:
fándiàn (hotel)
sùshè (dormitory)
diànhuà (telephone)
bàogào (report)
zàijiàn (good-bye)

4+4+4:
diànshìjù (soap opera)




4. Each entry below has an initial sound and a final sound that combine to form complete words. Read the initial and final sounds separately, then read the full word. Check your pronunciation on the audio. *Listen

Group A Group B Group C
w  -àn zh  -āng ch  -én
j    -iāng l     -ín x    -iè
m  -èng d    -ù f     -āng





5. Read the following words or phrases aloud. Each of them contains a high neutral tone or a low neutral tone. Pay attention to the difference between the high and low neutral tones. Refer to the audio to check your pronunciation. *Listen

Low neutral tones:

1) māma (mother)   9) yínzi (silver)
2) shūshu (uncle) 10) shénme (what)
3) gēge (older brother) 11) dìdi (younger brother)
4) jīnzi (gold) 12) kàn le (saw)
5) xiānsheng (Mister) 13) bàba (father)
6) yéye (grandpa) 14) xièxie (thank you)
7) bóbo (uncles) 15) mèimei (younger sister)
8) háizi (children)  


High neutral tones:

16) nǎinai (grandma) 19) wǒde (my, mine)
17) jiějie (older sister) 20) nǐde (yours)
18) zuǒ zhe (walking)  


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