Tough sounds -e

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The Mandarin "e" sound, although not entirely alien to English speakers, does take some practice to get right consistently. Practice the following words and phrases to be sure that you've got a good handle on these tough sounds.

Pronunciation Tips for -e (A2)

Tough Sound Words: -e (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.

Audio Chinese Pinyin English
饿 è to be hungry; hungry
zhè this, these
[measure word for people and general use]
to drink
de [structural particle for describing nouns]
chē car, vehicle
可乐 kělè cola
可是 kěshì but
厕所 cèsuǒ toilet, restroom

Tough Sound Video Practice: -e (A2)

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