Lesson 3 Tongue-root Sounds: g, k, and h

When they are pronounced, the tongue root touches the soft palate with breath strongly breaking through. Thus they are called tongue-root sounds.

 

Chinese Ping Ying Consonant

Description

Similar English Sound

For Reference

 

g

 

 

It is voiced.

 

 

k

 

It is voiceless.

Mouth:

It opens naturally.

Tongue:

The tongue root touches the soft palate and the air blows off the tongue root from the soft palate.

Lips:

They are open.

Similar to the “k” in sky.

(unaspirated)

 

 

 

 

 Similar to the “ k” in key.

 

Chinese Ping Ying Consonant

Description

Similar English Sound

For Reference

 

 

h

Mouth:

It opens naturally.

Tongue:

The tongue root approaches to the soft palate.

Lips:

They are open.

Similar to the “h” in hot.