What I forgot to mention in the video!
OK. This is important. After you make your two columns (one for initials and one for finals) you’ll need something to listen to so you know that you’re saying it right. The initials are all pretty easy, except for c, zh, r, q and x. Just don’t worry about those for now.
As for the finals, you can actually listen to those on the listening guide I have listed below. The only problem is that the spelling will be a little different. For example, “uan” is spelled as “wan.” Look at the right side of the table on Pinyin.info for a complete list of final spelling (when they’re standing alone). Then you can look them up on the listening guide.
In this weeks lesson I focused introducing pinyin and the concept of initials and finals. Pinyin is a mandatory building block for learning any level of Chinese. Whether you just want to do basic things like take taxis and order food, or you plan on doing serious business negotiation it’s vital that you master listening to, pronouncing, reading and writing pinyin.
Getting Your Pronunciation Corrected
It’s going to be important that you eventually get your pronunciation corrected by a native speaker (or someone with native speaking abilities). We will tackle that problem in the future. For now, focus on getting the basics of the initials and finals down as well as you can working by yourself.
If you have access to native speakers, ask them for help! If you diligently practice on your own and work with a native speaker once or twice a week, you’ll make really good progress. Even if you don’t have a native speaker close to you, you have the internet (I know you do because you’re reading this 😉 ). We’ll cover ways to establish relationships with language partners in the future, but don’t feel like you have to wait for me. Hit up Google and start looking if you’re ambitious. 😀
Pinyin Learning Resources
[Pinyin.info Chart] – Go here to get an overview of all of the initials and finals.
New Concept Mandarin Listening Guide – Use this guide to see what the combination of initials and finals sounds like. Just focus on doing everything using the first tone for now (if you’re new).
[PracticePinyin.com Initials and Finals Test] – After you’ve drilled the list of initials and finals into your head and have spent a lot of time using the listening guide, try testing yourself.
Keep Things Fun!
Don’t work too hard guys! Always keep things fun while your practicing and if you go hardcore (like I used to) remember to take breaks/power naps. 🙂 If you have any questions or problems let me know in the comments!