Single Vowels

Lesson 2          e and ê

 

Chinese Ping Ying

vowel

Description

Similar English Sound

For Reference

 

 

e

 

Mouth:

It is naturally open.

Tongue:

The rear of the tongue is raised middle-high

lips

They are spread both sides.

Similar to the ir in birth, bird, dirt, firm, girl, shirt, third…

ē é ě è

 

Chinese Ping Ying

vowel

Description

Similar English Sound

 

 

ê

Mouth is

Half open

Tongue:

The front tongue lows half.

lips

 Not round.

Similar to the “e” in yes, yet, yen, yep….

 

ê ê ê ê

 

The letter ê “is nowadays not used in the newly published dictionaries and books, and it has been replaced by the letters “ye”