Pinyin Lessons Study Material GoodChinese
Pinyin is pronounced similarly to vowels in Romance languages, and most consonants are similar to English. In the first lesson we will learn the six vowels.
Now Let's start with the vowels in Pinyin. There are six vowels: a o e i u ü

The mouth is wide open. The tongue is flat and at its lowest position. The lips are not rounded.
The mouth is half open. The tongue is flat and at its lowest position. The lips are not rounded.
The opening of the mouth and the position of the tongue are identical with that for "o", but the lips are not rounded. It can be produced by pronouncing "O" and then spreading the lips towards the two sides.
The opening of the mouth is narrow. The tongue raised and pushed forward towards the position naturally against the lower teeth. the lips spread to the two sides into a flat position.
The opening of the mouth is narrow. The tongue is held back with its back raised close to the soft palate. The lips are forced into a harrow and round position with only a small opening left.
It is pronounced with the tongue in position for i, but the lips are forced into a round position.