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What's the lip position for zi, ci, si? Are they also "smiling sounds" like ji, qi and xi?


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What’s the lip position for zi, ci, si? Are they also “smiling sounds” like ji, qi and xi? Are the lips tense or relaxed when pronouncing zi, ci, si?
Thanks! :slight_smile:


#2

You’re probably looking for feedback from the ChinesePod team, and I’m no expert, but as far as I know the zi, ci and si sounds end abruptly in your throat, while qi, ji and xi get a little more air time. So, I don’t think the shape of your mouth effects the sound as much as it would with other words.