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Help With Chinese Pronounciations and Character Rememberance Hi, I am new to Mandarin Chinese (about 5 months) and I am having problems with pronouncing certain sounds, mainly "xi, zi, zh-, ci, and si". It is so hard for my mouth to get the sound to come out right, so when I try speaking, the native speaker has a hard time discerning what I am trying to say, then I get really embarrassed >~<. I really, really need help. I have a WeChat ID: LittleMissMimi94 if anyone wants to chat with me on there instead of here. Thank you SO much!
Jul 26, 2016 8:19 AM
Comments · 2

To differentiate between these sounds requires a lot of patient practice. I remember spending a few lessons on these particular sounds. You have to be very clear about the position of the lips and tongue and also do some rote practice. Not all native speakers can teach it well - they can hear the difference easily but teaching it is another skill. You will discover Northern Mandarin speakers pronounce these sounds more distinctly as well as higher scorers of the PSC test.


July 27, 2016

Don't be embarrassed :)

As a native Mandarin speaker,I'd also feel learning Chinese is a difficult thing.Most Chineses hearing foreigners speaking Chinese will feel amazing,even just can speak a little.If non-native speaker keep feeling nervous or afraid of making mistakes,we will also feel stressful and uncomfortable.

cheer up!!! Practice makes the perfect

July 26, 2016
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English
Learning Language
Chinese (Mandarin)