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The Chinese language is infamous for having words that sound the same to non native speakers, but that sound completely different to native speakers. Yes, I'm telling you that not only do their characters look hard, but they are also hard to pronounce properly. The reason I point this out is so because I want to help you. Check this out and improve your Chinese pronunciation.
There are also another two very important exceptions that are not mentioned in this article.
1. Silent o
Applies for -o ending after b-, p-, m-, or f-.
Examples: bo, po, mo, fo are proununced like their initials, buo, puo, muo, fuo
2. Dipthong e
Ending -e is prounced as an dipthong e (amost soudns like -ue, but not quite) EXCEPT when de, ne, or le syllables have neutral tone
Dipthong e examples: 哥 ge1, 德 de2, 樂 le4, 訥 ne4, 可 ke3, 和 he2, 這 zhe4, 色 se4, 餓 e4
Regular e (monopthong) examples for de/ne/le neutral tone: 的/得/地 de, 呢 ne, and 了 le
Regular e (monopthong) examples in other words: 朋 peng2, 冷 leng3, 二 er4, 美 mei3, 學 xue2
They could have made Pinyin even easier. Letters don't have fixed sounds at all, but syllables do, as the article demonstrates. Which is so much better than English!