Pinyin 拼音

10. Compound Vowels ua, ui, uo, un


We have learned finals which are single vowels a, o, e, i, u, ü. Now we start to learn finals with "compound vowels". These vowels are formed by one of the six single vowels and other letters. In this lesson we will learn ua, ui, uo, un and common Chinese characters whose pinyin are based on these finals.
  • ua - like wasp; if no initial, it is wa
  • uo - similar like o, as u + o where the o is pronounced shorter and lighter. If no initial, it is wo
  • ui - =u + ei like we; if no initial, it is wei
  • un - =u + en like won; if no initial, it is wen

Click to each pinyin below to listen to its sound and say it as close as you can. Pay attention to tones.

                              
            cuō  cuó  cuǒ  cuò    cuī    cuǐ  cuì    cūn  cún  cǔn  cùn  
            duō  duó  duǒ  duò  duo  duī      duì    dūn    dǔn  dùn  
  guā    guǎ  guà    guō  guó  guǒ  guò    guī    guǐ  guì        gǔn  gùn  
  huā  huá    huà    huō  huó  huǒ  huò    huī  huí  huǐ  huì    hūn  hún    hùn  
  kuā    kuǎ  kuà          kuò    kuī  kuí  kuǐ  kuì    kūn    kǔn  kùn  
            luō  luó  luǒ  luò              lūn  lún    lùn  
              nuó    nuò                      
                  ruò      ruí  ruǐ  ruì          rùn  
            suō    suǒ    suo  suī  suí  suǐ  suì  sui  sūn    sǔn    
            tuō  tuó  tuǒ  tuò    tuī  tuí  tuǐ  tuì    tūn  tún  tǔn    
            zuō  zuó  zuǒ  zuò    zuī    zuǐ  zuì    zūn    zǔn    
            chuō      chuò    chuī  chuí      
  shuā    shuǎ      shuō      shuò      shuí  shuǐ  shuì  
  zhuā    zhuǎ      zhuō  zhuó        zhuī      zhuì