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Pinyin chart questions

Posted by robertslattery December 11, 2008 in the Group General Discussion.

Tags: Pinyin, r, wong

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Hi, in the pinyin chart tutorial it describes the r sound as like the s in measure, but when you listen to the examples it just sounds like an English r, except with the tongue rolled back against the hard palate.  I met a Chinese guy the other day who used that buzzing sort of pronunciation to say re4 (hot).  Can someone clarify?

 

Also, just wondering why there is no w on the left hand side of the pinyin chart.  I have my suspicions about wang which I always pronounce and hear as wong but the pinyin chart ang examples don’t sound like ong.  Is wong the exception that proves the rule?

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