Tough sounds -un (phrases)

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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.

Audio Chinese Pinyin English
培训很顺利 péixùn hěn shùnlì the training was very smooth
准备去运动 zhǔnbèi qù yùndòng to get ready to go exercise
春天应该穿裙子 chūntiān yīnggāi chuān qúnzi in the spring, one should wear a dress
不准穿裙子 bù zhǔn chuān qúnzi to not be allowed to wear a dress
春天去农村 chūntiān qù nóngcūn to go to the countryside in the spring
在农村结婚 zài nóngcūn jiéhūn to get married in the countryside
去云南结婚 qù Yúnnán jiéhūn to go to Yunnan to get married
存钱以后结婚 cúnqián yǐhòu jiéhūn to get married after saving money
准备春天结婚 zhǔnbèi chūntiān jiéhūn to get ready to get married in the spring
平均运动几小时 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.

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