In this pinyin lesson, we learn two compound finals, which are ia, iao. We also learn some Chinese characters that use "ia, iao". In addition, you can have listening exercises and quizzes for ia, iao.
Finals are all possible combinations of semivowels coming before the vowel, the nucleus vowel, and final vowel.
There are 14 compound finals (复韵母) and 14 nasal finals (鼻韵母).
Compound finals: ai, ei, ui; ao, ou, iu; ie, üe; er; ia, iao; ua, uo, uai
Nasal finals: an, en; in, un, ün; ang, eng, ing, ong; ian, iang, iong; uan, uang
Pronunciation Guide for ia, iao
The following guide is given in terms of English pronunciation. They are approximate, as there are some sounds of Pinyin do not correspond directly to sounds in English.
1. ia: as “i + a”. Like ya in “yahoo”.
2. iao: as “i + ao”. Like eow in”meow”.
Chinese Character: 加
English translation: plus
Chinese Character: 虾
English translation: shrimp
Chinese Character: 笑
English translation: laugh
Chinese Character: 跳
English translation: jump
Exercises and Quiz:
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