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Advice on a specific Pronounciation Problem

Posted by tingyun May 20, 2009 in the Group General Discussion.

Hi - I'm looking for advice on solving a very specific pronounciation problem.

When I pronounce a 3rd tone syllable that has the final "ang", I have a tendancy to sound like I'm instead saying "eng".  The problem doesn't seem to occur in any other tone (and usually doesn't happen unless the syllable is at the end of the phrase - ie no real problem in the "half-third tone" - so I say tang3xia4 fine, but tang3 alone has a problem).  I think its something about the very low point of the third tone that trips me up in this respect, and causes a drift into a "eng" type sound, but I'm not certain.  Perhaps I'm trying to stress the ng nasal aspect too much, and for some reason this causes an "eng" like sound. 

But its been a persistent problem for me for more than a month, and I haven't been able to figure out how to solve it.  I'd really appreciate any advice anyone has on this issue.  Even if its just suggesting drills you used to solve other pronounciation problems - though certainly if anyone has insight into this specific issue, that would be most helpful.

But please, no references to pinyin charts, or general resources for pronounciation of the "ang" final. 

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