Tough sounds -un
In series Tough sounds (basic)
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!
- We cover the basic "-un" sound in the "o" and "u" vowels
- The syllable "yun" is a bit different because it has a "stealth ü" vowel, and is covered in the "ü" vowel
- The other "ü" vowel "-un" sounds ("xun," "qun," "jun") are covered in the "j" "q" and "x" sounds
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.
|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|
|运动||yùndòng||to exercise; exercise|
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
More sources and other links coming soon...