Pinyin Lesson 1 – Simple Finals: a o e i u ü

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Chinese Pinyin Simple Finals: a o e i u ü

The 6 Chinese Pinyin Simple Finals a o e i u ü are the most fundamental elements of Chinese basics. Also, they are all vowels. For every Pinyin beginner, the 6 of them are probably the first thing you will learn. And ü – the “Pinyin u with two dots” needs some extra attention because it is a very unique sound. In this lesson, we will focus on the techniques of the 6 Chinese Pinyin vowels pronunciation, repeat and practice them until you become natural with their pronunciation.



  • Chinese Pinyin Simple Finals
    • a
    • o
    • e
    • i
    • u
    • ü


6 Chinese Simple Finals







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MariaPremium Student November 29, 2022 at 5:38 pm

I am having problems with the “ü” sound. Is it like an “i” but with the lips in a “u” shape?

enola.tiffany1@gmail.comStudent May 7, 2023 at 9:50 pm

same here

Thank you for these lessons – really appreciate all the work that goes into them. My question is – when you ask us to read after you in Mandarin – are you saying 倾个我读 (qing1 ge wo3 du2) or something else? thanks!

ChineseFor.UsAcademic Team October 28, 2022 at 7:40 am

It is “请跟我读 qǐng gēn wǒ dú”, please with me read, please read after me.

Buthaina AlramadanPremium Student August 1, 2022 at 4:17 am

very satisfied

Hello everyone i am self learning how to speak Chinese

不敬的圣人Premium Student July 7, 2022 at 4:38 am

As a native German with good English knowledge, these came easy, especially the ü.
However, the ‘e’ has a very peculiar sound that I am wracking my brain to find an equivalent in either language for. Does anyone have a helpful tip? I simply cannot get the pronounciation right.

Renee de la FuentePremium Student December 28, 2022 at 11:20 pm

the ‘e’ sounds to me like when I say ‘uh’ while trying to think of something. I am not sure if that helps you or not.

JanPremium Student July 16, 2021 at 7:01 am

Does the last sound U/V sound like “ewe” or “you”? I can’t seem to be able to pronounce it.

Timothy DentonPremium Student January 3, 2022 at 10:42 am

More like the eww of disgust.

I Agree i am confused theres so many ways to spell i agree

Andrea JussimPremium Student July 15, 2021 at 3:39 pm

Wow! The detail and careful attention to learners’ needs is phenomenal in this video.

HeidimcastilloPremium Student April 18, 2020 at 5:42 am

I am having a hard time with the last one v .. any other tips?

EeviPremium Student June 2, 2020 at 8:58 am

It’s a lot like the German ü, which is used in the word Über or the car service Uber. Hope this helps.

cathy brownPremium Student November 13, 2020 at 9:51 am

That was super helpful for me. Thanks.

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