Tip to Practice Pronunciation

Practice long words by starting from the back

When you start learning Mandarin Chinese (or any language, really) it takes some time to adapt until you can produce all the new and unfamiliar sounds. Stringing a few of them together in a sentence is even harder. So, here's a tip when you're struggling with a long word or sentence: start form the back.

Take, for example, 番茄炒蛋 (tomato and fried eggs). Instead of practicing by starting with 番,番,番茄,番茄,番茄炒,etc., practice like this: 蛋,蛋,炒蛋,炒蛋,茄炒蛋,etc. I don't know why, but it's easier and more effective. Give it a try!

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Kevin writes columns for the GoEast Blog on studying Chinese, Chinese culture, and life as a foreign student. He has studied China and Chinese for over five years, first in his home country the Netherlands, then in Beijing, and now attends Fudan University's Chinese Society department.