Tough sounds -uan
In series Tough sounds (basic)
The key here is knowing when you're dealing with the "ü" vowel and when you're dealing with the "ü" vowel. Practice the following words and phrases to be sure that you've got a good handle on these tough sounds.
Pronunciation Tips for -uan (A2)
Not all "-uan" sounds are the same!
- We cover the basic "-uan" sound (with "wan") in the "o" and "u" vowels
- The syllable "yuan" is a bit different because it has a "stealth ü" vowel, and is covered in the "ü" vowel
- The other "ü" vowel "-uan" sounds ("xuan," "quan," "juan") are covered in the "j" "q" and "x" sounds
Both of these two different "-uan" sounds (plus "wan," which is just "-uan" with no consonant sound before it) will be practiced below. You need to be able to keep them straight.
Tough Sound Words: -uan (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.
|关||guān||to close, to shut, to turn off|
|玩||wán||to play (with); to have fun|
Tough Sound Video Practice: -uan (A2)
Sources and further reading
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