Tough sounds -ü-u (phrases)
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Intermediate learners should no longer be deceived by the "stealth ü" vowel, but do you pronounce it correctly 100% of the time? This is one sound that will really give your Chinese that "foreign accent" if you haven't mastered it. Make sure you really know all of your "u" pinyin syllables well, and then practice the following words and phrases to be sure that you've got a good handle on these tough sounds.
Pronunciation Tips for Tough sounds Tough sounds Tough sounds -ü-u (B1)
At this point you should already be familiar with the simpler A2 tough sounds for "-ü", so you're essentially just practicing longer strings of the same sounds. If you are already intermediate-level in terms of listening but have not learned the correct pronunciation for the "ü" vowel sound, you absolutely need to immediately.
Remember to start out slow, pronouncing the sounds as accurately as possible. Increase speed gradually, but not sacrificing correct pronunciation.
Tough Sound Words: Tough sounds Tough sounds Tough sounds -ü-u (B1)
The words and phrases in the following table are designed to give you a good pronunciation workout. Practice them on your own and practice them with your teacher.
|to need to go out
|nǚhái chūqù le
|the girl went out
|yěxǔ xiǎng chī yú
|perhaps would like to eat fish
|nǚhái qù xiǎoqū
|the girl goes to the apartment complex
|yěxǔ huì xiàyǔ
|perhaps it will rain
|nǚ'ér bù chī yú
|daughter doesn't eat fish
|shuō le yī jù Yīngyǔ
|spoke one sentence of English
|chūqù yǐhòu xiàyǔ
|to rain after going out
|nǚrén xūyào nǚ'ér
|woman needs a daughter
|nǚ'ér huì shuō Yīngyǔ
|daughter can speak English
If these are too difficult for you, don't forget that we also have these same sounds at the elementary (A2) level.
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