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g

Sounds similar to "g" as in "go", but voiceless. Strictly speaking, it is more like the unaspirated "k" in words like "skate".

gāo

tall

gē​ge

older brother

哥哥

IPA: [k]

k

Sounds like "k" as in "kite".

kàn

to see

kě​yǐ

can

可以

IPA: []

ou

Sounds like "o" as in "oh" or "bone".

tóu

head

bú​gòu

not enough

不够

IPA: [ou̯]

u w

Sounds like "oo" as in "too".

five

yī​fu

clothes

衣服

wèn

to ask

hūn​yīn

marriage

婚姻

IPA: [u]

o

Similar to the "o" sound in English like in "bone", but is a pure vowel. (English "o" is a diphthong of "o" and "u".)

broken

guó

country

IPA: []



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