Tough sounds -ü-u (phrases)

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.

Audio Chinese Pinyin English
需要出去 xūyào chūqù to need to go out
女孩出去了 nǚhái chūqù le the girl went out
也许想吃鱼 yěxǔ xiǎng chī yú perhaps would like to eat fish
女孩去小区 nǚhái qù xiǎoqū the girl goes to the apartment complex
也许会下雨 yěxǔ huì xiàyǔ perhaps it will rain
女儿不吃鱼 nǚ'ér bù chī yú daughter doesn't eat fish
说了一句英语 shuō le yī jù Yīngyǔ spoke one sentence of English
出去以后下雨 chūqù yǐhòu xiàyǔ to rain after going out
女人需要女儿 nǚrén xūyào nǚ'ér woman needs a daughter
女儿会说英语 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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