These Chinese pronunctions are KILLING ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So, a couple days ago I started learning Chinese, and so I am doing my lesson, and it says “Select what you hear” and I hear “Sìng”, but the closest option to that is “Xìng”. So I press that one, and correct answer. I also hear “Àr” Instead of “Èr”, and “Mā” Instead of “Mē”. AND DUOLINGO HAS NO EXPLANATION FOR PRONUNCIATION!!!!
There are many tools online for mastering pīnyīn pronunciation. Here's one example... https://www.digmandarin.com/chinese-pronunciation-guide.html
well it is pronounced like that, its kinda hard to explain. but in short, how you pronounce pinyin is not at all like english. Xing is pronounced sort of like sing but not exactly. For these it's easy to get confused with but one thats not is Yī, if you say that yī is pronounced yee to somone who speaks chinese they might think youre crazy
1) McGraw-Hill's Chinese Pronunciation with CD-ROM (isbn 0071627367)
2) Practice Makes Perfect: Beginning Chinese with CD-ROMs, Interactive Edition (isbn 007160412X)
are two books which can supposedly help with Chinese pronunciation. Fairly short but precise. Also with descriptions/suggestions on how to shape the mouth and/or place tongue.