Mandarin Pronunciation Tips – She spends cents on cheap jam

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Some Mandarin sounds don’t exist in English. But this guide is close.

Learn 5 pinyin Mandarin consonants:  x,z,c,q,zh. These roughly match this English mnemonic (the other Mandarin consonants are pretty much the same as in English).

She spends cents on cheap jam.
X               Z         C       Q        Zh

x as in sh in she
z as in ds in spends
c as in ts in cents
q as in ch in cheap
zh as in j in jam

x is often hardest:

xi = she
xian = shen
xi’an = she arn
xiang = sh ar young (run together quickly)
xiao  = as in shower
xing = shing
xu = shoe
xuan = shoe en

Audio on Pronounce Names is not too bad

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