U with ZH, CH, SH, R


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After mastering the u sounds of Section 11 and Section 12, applying the zh, ch, sh, and r consonant sounds of Section 4 should be fairly straightforward. They are similar to English's "j," "ch," and "sh" sounds, but not exactly the same. The beginner will find this approximation perfectly serviceable, but the serious student will want to refine his pronunciation of these consonants eventually.

Listen to the sounds of this section and try repeating them by clicking on the syllables below:

  u ua uo ui uai uan un uang ueng
zh zhu
zhua
zhuo
zhui
zhuai
zhuan
zhun
zhuang
 
ch chu
chua
chuo
chui
chuai
chuan
chun
chuang
 
sh shu
shua
shuo
shui
shuai
shuan
shun
shuang
 
r ru
rua
ruo
rui
  ruan
run
   

Linguist's Note:

Various regions of China carry a local accent which may make differentiating the sounds of this section and the z, c, and s sounds of Section 11 and Section 12 difficult. Some regions, for example, do not differentiate between zu and zhu, suo and shuo, cui and chui, etc.