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#1

I read once before how to position your mouth and your tongue to say the words right . Can you explain that for me here too?


#2

Hi Jenevieve,
That sounds like an interesting way to learn. However, I’m a little confused about what you mean. When you pronounce different tones, you use your throat and voice box to change the pitch/ length. The shape of your mouth and tongue are more related to the sounds rather than the tones. Are you asking about how to pronounce the pinyin alphabet?
Thanks for clarifying!


#3

Yeah I looked it up online once and it helped me a lot. For example to pronounce j x and q you need to put your tongue behind your bottom teeth and you allow a little air to pass between your teeth and tongue. J word you let a tiny bit of air pass through the x is a little more and q you let the most pass through. A native learns these things naturally growing up as a child but a non native needs to have it expalined. The zh ch sh sounds also have a way to postion your tongue.