Pinyin Lesson 8 – Review of 21 Pinyin Initials

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Pinyin Review – 21 Pinyin Initials

b p m f – d t n l – g k h – j q x
z c s – zh ch sh r

Congratulations on finishing all 21 Pinyin Initials! Now let’s do a quick and complete Pinyin Review on how to pronounce Pinyin consonants. Do you still remember all these Pinyin Initials pronunciation and all the tricks to get it perfect? Watch this video to review and take the Pinyin Initials quiz to test your skills!



  • 21 Chinese Pinyin Initials
  • Pinyin Initial Groups


Groups of 21 Chinese Pinyin Initials

Thereare the two different ways to put all 21 Pinyin Initials into groups.

  1. According to the techniques involved to pronounce the Initials
  2. According to what parts of your mouth you involve to pronounce the Initials.
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Sheri HeckmanPremium Student September 3, 2023 at 12:09 pm

I like how you have the sounds of each sound the bottom of each lesson, but I think it would be good to have all the sounds on one page so we can compare them without having to go to each lesson for that specific sound. I am having a hard time distinguishing between t and c, and zh and r.

ky4ttoPremium Student November 26, 2021 at 4:41 pm

Wow I feel a big difference in my ability to use the sounds in lesson 8 compared to the previous ones. It’s still a very concentrated effort on my part. But I hope with more practice I can speak without worrying so much about my pronunciation.

Mathieu BoudreauPremium Student January 25, 2021 at 9:23 pm

I think x vs sh is the hardest for me to distinguish between the two, both in hearing them and speaking them.

Antony LaoPremium Student December 13, 2020 at 7:17 am

Between j q x and zh ch sh, I cannot hear the difference at all ! I also have to be careful not to mistake one for another when I’m saying those

pacifistPremium Student September 8, 2020 at 4:05 pm

你好。 I think I’ve found a mistake. In the lesson 8, Quiz 2, the fifth syllable sounds like ‘de’ instead of ‘ge’. I checked several times, I’m pretty sure it’s ‘de’. Could you check it and tell me if I’m right or wrong? Thank you for your lessons. They are amazing. 🙂

Benji PopePremium Student April 3, 2020 at 10:06 am

Would be great to get a PDf to print out of the group diagram.

DustinPremium Student April 2, 2020 at 4:20 pm

I figured out if I click to continue after the second quiz it marks the lesson complete.

cmosseyPremium Student January 17, 2019 at 7:09 pm

Do you have a chart of all of the initials and finals, organized like you have in the course, that I can print out?

It’s a great idea to have a Pinyin Chart like that! Thank you for the suggestion. Right now we do not have one but we will put it on our to do list.

Rush3112Premium Student September 9, 2019 at 1:01 am

I also waiting that you have your own Pinyin Chart on this website.

donotseemecricketPremium Student April 7, 2019 at 6:16 pm

Would suggest making a screen shot of the one in the video. You could print out the picture I would guess.

eugendPremium Student April 8, 2018 at 3:40 am

Some European languages, like my mother language, do have quite a few of these sounds and written notation very similar, which make it easier. One question, does the sound of “e” like in “red/bed” not exist in Chinese?
Appreciate your level of professionalism, I suggest more “homework” type – even “optional” will be great in general. Very good course, looking forward for additional/advanced ones.

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