Tough sounds -un (phrases)
In series Tough sounds (advanced)
Intermediate learners should be comfortable with the "ü" vowel, in its marked and unmarked ("stealth") forms, but sometimes the "-un" sound can still trip people up. 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 -un (B1)
At this point you should already be familiar with the simpler A2 tough sounds for "-un", so you're essentially just practicing longer strings of the same sounds.
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 -un (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.
|péixùn hěn shùnlì
|the training was very smooth
|zhǔnbèi qù yùndòng
|to get ready to go exercise
|chūntiān yīnggāi chuān qúnzi
|in the spring, one should wear a dress
|bù zhǔn chuān qúnzi
|to not be allowed to wear a dress
|chūntiān qù nóngcūn
|to go to the countryside in the spring
|zài nóngcūn jiéhūn
|to get married in the countryside
|qù Yúnnán jiéhūn
|to go to Yunnan to get married
|cúnqián yǐhòu jiéhūn
|to get married after saving money
|zhǔnbèi chūntiān jiéhūn
|to get ready to get married in the spring
|píngjūn yùndòng jǐ xiǎoshí
|to exercise for several hours on average
If these are too difficult for you, don't forget that we also have these same sounds at the elementary (A2) level.
Tough Sound Video Practice: Tough sounds Tough sounds Tough sounds -ü-u (B1)
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