Single Vowels

Lesson 4          u and ü

 

Chinese Ping Ying

vowel

Description

Similar English Sound

For Reference

 

 

 

u

 

Mouth:

It is slightly open.

Tongue:

The tongue is raised highest and its rear part approaches the soft palate

 lips

They are round and shrink

Similar to the oo in pool, tool, too, zoo, roof…

ū ú ǔ ù

 

 

Chinese Ping Ying

vowel

Description

Similar English Sound

 

 

 

 

 

ü

Mouth:

It is slightly open.

Tongue:

The tongue is raised highest but the front of the tongue touches the lower teeth.

lips

They are inward.

 

Similar to yu in English and ü in German.

 

ǖ ǘ ǚ ǜ

 

Though Chinese single vowels have similar English sounds, yet Chinese possess four different tones with four different meanings.