Tough sounds -un

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One important point here is that you need to know when you're dealing with the "ü" vowel, since the two dots are not always written. Practice the following words and phrases to be sure that you've got a good handle on these tough sounds.

Pronunciation Tips for -un (A2)

Not all "-un" sounds are the same!

Both of these two different "-un" sounds will be practiced below. You need to be able to keep them straight.

Tough Sound Words: -un (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
尊重 zūnzhòng to respect
困难 kùnnan difficulty
存钱 cúnqián to deposit money; to save money
春天 chūntiān spring (the season)
准备 zhǔnbèi preparation; to prepare; to intend; to be about to
结婚 jiéhūn to get married
云南 Yúnnán Yunnan [Province]
运动 yùndòng to exercise; exercise
裙子 qúnzi dress, skirt

If these are too easy for you, don't forget that we also have these same sounds at a more challenging intermediate (B1) level.

Tough Sound Video Practice: -un (A2)

Sources and further reading

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