How to use this resource
1. Find a native speaker of Chinese, preferably one who speaks standard Mandarin, and of the same gender.
2. Ask the speaker to pronounce each of these characters one by one.
3. Shadow the speaker with your own attempts at pronunciation, trying to sound as similar to them as possible.
4. Circle any pronunciations you have difficulty imitating and practice these daily until you sound closer to your native speaker friend.
5. For better results, record your session and play it back later to ‘hear’ the difference between your utterances and that of your friend.
6. When in doubt, listen to the mp3 recording.
I have chosen these 400 characters because they make up virtually all sounds in Mandarin – excluding, of course, variations in tone. This resource is best used as a quick diagnostic tool for learners of Chinese who wish to figure out which sounds they need to work on. Enjoy!
Links to PDFs