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Pinyin Lesson 7. Initials: zh ch sh r

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Chinese Pinyin Initials: zh ch sh r

This Pinyin video lesson covers our last group of Chinese Pinyin Initials zh ch sh r. They are probably the most difficult group for non-native speakers. But don’t worry, we’ll provide effective tips and practice drills on how to pronounce Pinyin consonants zh ch sh r. And also don’t forget to finish the 2 listening quizzes to test your skills!

LESSON INFO


KEYWORDS

  • Chinese Pinyin Initials
    • zh
    • ch
    • sh
    • r

LESSON NOTES


Chinese Pinyin Initials: zh ch sh r

Initials zh ch sh r are called “Curled Tongue Initials”, in English “Retroflexes”. This means to pronounce them you need to curl your tongue backwards. They are usually compared against another group of Initials: z c s, which are called “Flat Tongue Initials”.

 

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Lesson Discussions

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Aleinbach
Premium Student
Aleinbach

I have a question about how to differentiate between xi and sh. Even though they’re not related to this lesson, i have found that they almost sound the same when spoken.

Stephan
Premium Student
Stephan

now I am getting confused when I head zh and r it sounds very similar especially when holding both sounds

carlos
Premium Student
carlos

This one was pretty different and complex than the other ones, pretty interesting

mtrpop3
Graduated Student
mtrpop3

The explanation of “r” as simply a voiced “sh” is so very right and meaningful. I have been struggling with this consonant for some time checking various sites for explanations and recordings, and finally you made it completely clear for me!!!

Austin
Graduated Student
Austin

The ‘r’ is by far the hardest sound I think. It’s the only one I struggle with. I’ve heard in other places that it helps to pronounce it like the French “j” (e.g., déjà vu) but that still doesn’t sound quite like a native speaker.

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