Today in our Pinyin video lesson, we will talk about the three Chinese Pinyin Initials j q x. This group might need some extra attention than other groups. Let’s watch this video, practice and tackle all of them one by one.
Chines Initials jq x are called “Palatals”. This means in order to pronounce them you need to involve your hard palate, which is the roof of your mouth.
j q x cannot be put before "u" to make syllables, but they can be put before "ü". When j q x are used before "ü", we don't write the two dots of "ü", and write "u" instead.
j - (ü) -> ju
q - (ü) -> qu
x - (ü) -> xu