PinYin Initial - p

How to pronounce p in Mandarin Chinese Pinyin

  • close the lips.
  • hold the breath.
  • concentrate the power on the middle of lips.
  • then release suddenly.
  • the airflow is strong while pronounce initial b.

Similar English Phoneme: Like "p" in "pot" and "pop".

Notice

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 "o", and PinYin Spelling to see how to spell "pinyin".

How to pronounce b,p,m in Mandarin Chinese Pinyin

  • first of all: close your lips.
  • hold the breath.
  • concentrate the power on the middle of lips.
  • then release airflow suddenly.
  • the b is pronounced without an initial aspirate. the airflow is weak while pronouncing initial b.
  • the p is pronounced without an initial aspirate. the airflow is strong while pronouncing initial p.
  • while pronouncing m , the sound and air flow are sent upward into the nasal cavity, and the vocal cords vibrate.

Pronunciation differences between b and p.

b: un-aspirated, the airflow is weak while pronounce initial b.

p: aspirated, the airflow is strong while pronounce initial p.

Put your hand in front of your mouth to feel the air flowing.

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