Chinese pronunciation is not particularly difficult, the range of sounds is fewer than in English, and there are no special tricks such as rolling of the tongue. Basically, anyone can learn it, and some foreigners who learn Chinese have better pronunciation than many Chinese people! We use PINYIN to learn Chinese pronunciation, and there are countless resources available for learning PINYIN.
The important thing to understand is this: You won’t get all the sounds exactly right at first, because your ear isn’t fully tuned into the Chinese language. That’s why it’s important to listen carefully to recordings and then repeat. Slowly your ear will better discern the sounds and your pronunciation will improve along with it. Some people advocate going out and speaking a language as much as possible from the beginning, this is actually a double edged sword… Continue reading