Lesson 2 Tongue-tip Sounds d, t, n, and l

When these four sounds are pronounced, the breath breaks through from the gap between the upper teeth and the lower lip. Thus they are called tongue -tip sounds

 

Chinese Ping Ying

Consonant

Description

Similar English Sound

For Reference

 

 

d

 

It is voiced.

 

 

t

 

It is voiceless.

Mouth:

It is open.

Tongue:

The tongue tip touches the upper gum.

The air flows off the tongue.

Lips

They are open.

 

 

Similar to d in deed.

(unaspirated)

 

 

 

 

Similar to t in tea.

 

Chinese Ping Ying

Consonant

Description

Similar English Sound

For Reference

 

 

 

n

Mouth:

It is slightly open.

Tongue:

The tongue tip touches the upper gum. The air flows from nasal cavity.

Lips:

They are open.

Similar to n in nice.

 

Chinese Ping Ying

Consonant

Description

Similar English Sound

For Reference

 

 

 

 

l

Mouth:

It opens naturally.

Tongue:

The tongue tip touches the upper gum.

The air flows out from both sides.

Lips:

They are open.

 

Similar to l in lead.