Hi ChinesePod team, my question is this:
Is the statement below correct?
Mandarin words, written in pinyin as ‘wu’ and ‘yi’ may be considered as simple vowels /u/ and /i/, with no initial consonant w and y, respectively.
If it’s correct, and if I understood correctly, a phrase like ‘yī nián’ would be pronounced as ‘ī nián’ and a phrase like ‘shí wù zhòng dú’ would be pronounced as ‘shí ù zhōng dú’. And furthermore, if the statement is correct, when speaking English and saying English words such as yo-yo, Chinese speakers would have to use the ‘y’ consonant sound, but are there any occasions when speaking Chinese where the pinyin-written words yi and wu have both the consonant y/w and the vowel i pronounced?