PinYin Initial - x

How to pronounce x in Mandarin Chinese Pinyin

  • Open the mouth a little.
  • Drop the tip of your tongue, stick to the back of the lower teeth and keep it still.
  • Raise the front of the tongue, close to the front of the hard palate, creating a narrow slit.
  • The air flow is squeezed out of the slit.

Similar English Phoneme: No.


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