Tough sounds -an-ang

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The -an and -ang finals aren't too bad by themselves, but how they're pronounced can vary a bit depending on what comes before them. As always, practice is the answer! Practice the following words and phrases to be sure that you've got a good handle on these tough sounds.

Pronunciation Tips for -an-ang (A2)

You can read up on the "a" vowel and the "i" vowel if you need to, but one important thing to remember is that the "a" in "-an" and "-ian" (or "yan") are not the same "a" sound. When "i" is involved, the "a" sound in the final changes a bit.

Review your pinyin chart as needed to get clear on this difference.

Tough Sound Words: -an-ang (A2)

The words in the following table are designed to give you a good pronunciation workout. Practice them on your own and practice them with your teacher.

Audio Chinese Pinyin English
饭店 fàndiàn restaurant, hotel
看见 kànjiàn to see
但是 dànshì but
现在 xiànzài now, nowadays
然后 ránhòu and then
pàng fat, chubby
máng busy
房间 fángjiān room
当然 dāngrán of course, naturally
刚刚 gānggāng just a moment ago
山上 shān shàng on the mountain

Tough Sound Video Practice: -an-ang (A2)

Sources and further reading

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