PinYin Initial - h

How to pronounce h in Mandarin Chinese Pinyin

  • Open your mouth a little.
  • Tilt up the root of the tongue, closed to the soft palate, forming a narrow slit.
  • Squeeze the air out of the slit.

Similar English Phoneme: Like "h" in "hope" and "her".


The pronunciation of an initial consonant is very short.
Actually, what you hear is a spelled pronunciation, just as shown below:

Refer to: Finals table to see how to pronounce "e", and PinYin Spelling to see how to spell "pinyin".