From this lesson we will start to talk about Chinese Pinyin Compound Finals and Nasal Finals. There are a lot of them,so we break them in to 6 different groups to practice. Also because there could be more than one vowel in Chinese Pinyin Compound Finals or Nasal Finals, it is very important to know on which vowel we will put the tonal marker on. This is a very important Pinyin order rule. So let’s watch this video, practice the pronunciations and finish the Pinyin Finals quiz!
In a Compound Final, one Main Vowel, and one or two Secondary Vowels. In a Nasal Final, there’s one Vowel, and a Nasal Consonant attached after the Vowel.
ai ei ao ou. In the four of them, the Vowel at the beginning: a-, e-, a-, o- is the Main Vowel, while the Vowel at the end: -i, -i, -o, -u is the Secondary Vowel.
The pronunciation is not simply putting "a+i" together. The Main Vowel sounds more clear and more standard, while the Secondary Vowel sounds not as standard as their original pronunciation. The Secondary Vowel compensates and adjusts itself because the tongue(or jaw) position is affected by the Main Vowel's tongue(or jaw) position.
an en ang eng ong
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