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Lesson Two. 10 vocabulary items, plus many combinations.
The sound "ri," is used in this lesson.
"Zhi," "chi," "shi," and "ri" do not occur in English. These sounds are
made by curling the tongue back to the region behind the end of the
ridge that runs down the top of the mouth. They sound
approximately like "jr," "chr," "shr," and "r." (The "i" in each of
them is a rather meaningless placeholder.) "Ri" is more
difficult to produce than the first three in this series. You will need
to practice making a sound such as "shr" and then interrupting
production of the sound for a split second and resuming with just the
trailing "r" of "shr." Do not
pronounce "ri" as "reee." The "r" itself is a vowel.
Download the following two files, and open both of them at the same
time. This lesson has 125 steps. If a step has a blank to fill in,
write your answer down on a piece of scrap paper, and then click on the
number after the arrow to see whether your answer was correct. If your
answer was wrong, try again. If it was right, use the arrow key to go
to the next page. Open both of the following PDF
documents on your desktop so that you can refer to the pronunciation
guide whenever it is needed.
Chinese Direct Lesson 2
Vocabulary pronunciation file.
This lesson contains some kinship terms. For the terms used to address
grandparents and siblings in the family, see Kinship Terms.