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The consonant that begins a syllable is initial (listen to pronunciation in mp3 format online at http://www.learn-chinese-language-online.com/chinese-pinyin-initials.html) , they can be:
b, p, m, f, d, t, n, l, g, k, h, j, q, x, z, c, s, zh, ch, sh, r, y, w
The rest parts after initial are finals. Final ( listen to pronunciation in mp3 format online at http://www.learn-chinese-language-online.com/chinese-pinyin-finals.html ) can be a single vowel, a combination of vowels, or combination of vowels and nasals 'n' or 'ng':
There are 6 simple finals which are single vowels, they are : a, o, e, i, u, Ł .
The others are compound finals, they are:
ai, ao, ou, ei, ia, ie, iao, iou, ua, uo, uai, uei, Łe,
an, ang, ong, en, eng, in, ing, ian, iang, iong, uen, ueng, uan, uang, Łn, Łan
The combination of 21 initials and 33 finals in Mandarin romanization (there are five more finals, but they share same symbols as other finals) form about 420 different sounds.
A word consists of initial + final + tone. In some cases, initial can be omitted.
Although most of sounds are generally close to how they are used and pronounced in English, some don't follow English letters exactly and are pronounced differently.
Pay extra attention to differences and listen closely to each Chinese sound, it takes practices to pronounce correctly.
Rosie From Learn Chinese Language Online (http://www.learn-chinese-language-online.com)
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