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ua
pronounced like wa as in "watch"
uai
pronounced like "why."
ê
pronounced like e as in "yet."
ei
pronounced like a as in "late."
ia
pronounced like yaw as in "yawn."
x
pronounced like sh as in "sheep," with the tongue forward.
iang
pronounced like y as in "yes," immediately followed by ong as in "song."

"yong"
ch
pronounced like ch as in "chaulk," but with the tongue curled back somewhat.
uan
pronounced like wan as in "wander," except after j, q, x, and y where it is pronounced like u as in French "une," followed by wen as in "went."
uang
pronounced like w as in "wet," followed by ong as in "song."
ue
pronounced like ü as in the French "une."
k
pronounced like k as in "kite," but with a stronger pug of air than in English.
ui
pronounced like "way."
un
pronounced like oo as in "moon," followed by un as in "under," except after j, q, x, and y, where it is pronounced like the French "une."
uo
pronounced like w as in "wet," followed by a sound pronounced somewhat like o as in "hot," but with the mouth not as wide open.
ü
pronounced like u as in French "une."
üe
pronounced like u as in French "une," followed by we as in "went."
ian
pronounced like "yen."
ci, chi, ri, si, shi, zi, and zhi
the i is not pronounced, instead after the initial consonate has been pronounced, the position of the tongue remains unchanged, and a voiced sound is made.

ci = ts immediately followed by z
ch = ch immediately followed by eh
ri = r immediately followed by er
si = s immediately followed by z
sh = sh immediately followed by zh
e
pronounced like e as in French "le," except after i or y, where it is pronounced like e as in "yet."
eng
pronounced like ung as in "rung."
u
pronounced like oo in "too," except after j, q, x, and y, where it is pronounced like u as in French "une."
iao
pronounced like yow as in "yowl."
ie
pronounced like ye as in "yet."
in
pronounced like in as in "pin"
ing
pronounced like ing as in "sing."
iong
pronounced like y as in "yes," followed by o as in "note," followed by ng as in "ring."
iu
pronounced like yo as in "yodel."
o
pronounced somewhat like o as in "hot," but with the mouth not as wide open.
ong
pronounced like o as in "note," followed by ng as in "ring."
ou
pronounced like o as in "note."
y
pronounced like y as in "yes," except that the syllable yi is pronounced like ee as in "bee."
z
pronounced like ds as in "weeds."
zh
pronounced like j as in "jam," with the tongue curled back somewhat.
a
pronounced like a as in "father."
ai
pronounced like i as in "fine."
an
pronounced like an as in "fan."
ang
pronounced like ong as in "song."
ao
pronounced like ow as in "how."
en
pronounced somewhat like en as in "ten."
er
pronounced somewhat like er as in "mermaid," with the tongue curled back somewhat.
bi, di, ji, li, mi, ni, pi, qi, ti, and xi
the i is pronounced like ee as in "bee"
c
pronounced like ts in "hats."
d
pronounced like d as in "day," but more lightly than in English.
f
pronounced like f as in "five."
g
pronounced like g as in "go," but more lightly than in English.
h
pronounced like h as in "how," but further back in the throat and accompanied by a stronger puff of air than in English (like ch in Scots "loch.")
j
pronounced like j as in "jeep," with the tongue forward.
l
pronounced like l as in "like."
m
pronounced like m as in "mouth."
n
pronounced like n as in "nine."
p
pronounced like p as in "pen," but accompanied by a stronger puff of air than in English.
q
pronounced like ch as in "cheep," with the tongue forward, rather than curled back for pinyin "ch."
r
pronounced with the tongue curled back as for l in "laugh," but with the tip of the tongue not touching the roof of the mouth.
s
pronounced like s as in "sand," but more strongly than in English.
sh
pronounced like sh as in "shop," with the tongue curled back somewhat.
t
pronounced like t as in "ten," but accompanied by a stronger puff of air than in English.
w
pronounced like w as in "wood."
b
pronounced like b as in "bell," but more lightly than in English.