I am currently learning Chinese on Cpod and at an evening class (once a week). I have been given a sheet with the task to:
Write down the following Pinyin in the correct form and read it:
- ū iā
- uéng ián
- ǜ uàng
- üàn ì
- ú ǚ
- ǚ iè
- uāng iáng
- ǔ í
- ún í
- ǚ ún
- īng ǔ
- ì ù
Now, in the last five mins of my last class we ran through some pinyin rules:
- if a word begins with 'u' the written form is 'w' and..
- if a word begins with 'i' the written form is 'y'
- the vowel 'u' after consonants 'j', 'q' and 'x' should be pronouced 'ü'
- there is no 'ü' after consonants 'z, c, s, h, r, zh, ch and sh'
- and, the letter 'i' after 'z, c, s, zh, ch, sh and r' has no sound but is a tonal vehicle.
- wā (cry/to dig ??) yā (duck/to squash/to detain ??)
- wù (thing/to miss ??) wàng (prosperous/to forget/to look at ??)