Pinyin: Lesson Two

Pinyin: Lesson Two
Simple Finals

Chinese Phonetic Alphabet
 Hànyǔ Pīnyīn Fāng'àn.

Pinyin Lesson Two

Simple Finals

The simple finals :
‘a’ ‘o’ ‘e’ ‘i’ ‘u’ and ‘ü’.
  i u ü
a ia ua  
o   uo  
e ie   üe
ai   uai  
ei   uei  
ao ia    
ou iou    
an ian uan üan
en in uen ün
ang iang uang  
eng ing ueng  
ong iong    

Finals are all sounds after initials.

Some finals are single vowel, e.g., ‘a’ ‘o’ ‘e’ ‘i’ ‘u’ and ‘ü’.

Some finals are compounds, e.g., ‘ai’ ‘ei’ ‘ao’ and ‘ou’.

Some finals end with ‘n’ or ‘ng’, e.g., ‘in’ ‘en’ ‘ang’ and ‘iong’.

The pronunciation of vowels is similar to English or some European languages. But the vowel ‘e’ needs special attention. It is pronounced as 'ir' in ‘shirt’, or 'ur' in 'turn' without ‘r’ sound, not English 'e' [i:]

You don't have to learn these individual sounds now.

Listen to recording or your instructor carefully and pay close attention to these sounds.

Sounds are best learned in a connected speech.