Lesson 7 Semi Consonants: y and w

Y and w are  used when there is no consonant in the beginning of a syllable, for examples yi, ya, ye, yao, yan, yin  and wo, wa, wen , wei, etc.

 

Chinese Ping Ying Alphabet

Description

Similar English Sound

For Reference

 

 

y

Mouth:

It opens naturally.

Tongue:

The tongue touches the upper teeth.

The air flows out of the gap between the tongue tip and the upper teeth.

Lips:

Flat-shaped

 

Similar to the “y” in yet.

 

Chinese Ping Ying Alphabet

Description

Similar English Sound

For Reference

 

 

 

w

Mouth:

It opens slightly.

Tongue:

The rear of the tongue approaches the soft palate.

Lips:

Round shaped.

 

Similar to the “w” in way.