PinYin Initial - t

How to pronounce t in Mandarin Chinese Pinyin

  • Open your mouth slightly.
  • Put the tip of your tongue against the upper gum to block the airflow.
  • Then pop the tip of your tongue.
  • when pronouncing t, the air flow is strong.

Similar English Phoneme: Like "t" in "today" and "terrific".


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".

Pronunciation differences between d and t.

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

t: aspirated, the airflow is stronger while pronounce initial t.

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