Tough sounds -ou-uo (phrases)

If you still occasionally get your "ou" and "-uo" vowel sounds mixed up as an intermediate learner, then it's time to master them once and for all. 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 -ou-uo (B1)

At this point you should already be familiar with the simpler A2 tough sounds for "-ou" and "uo", 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 Tough sounds -ou-uo (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
说过 shuō guo to have said (before)
做错 zuò cuò to do it wrong
说错 shuō cuò to misspeak, to say the wrong thing
狗肉 gǒu ròu dog meat
都做错 dōu zuò cuò to do all of them wrong
都说错 dōu shuō cuò to say everything wrong
走错了 zǒu cuò le went the wrong way
多走走 duō zǒu zǒu to walk a bit more
过了一周 guò le yī zhōu a week passed; to have spent a week
吃过狗肉 chī guo gǒu ròu to have eaten dog meat

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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