To understand pinyin finals, we could think of English vowel sounds such as a, e, i, o, u. The pinyin finals are sort of like English vowel sounds.
Sort of, but not really.
We know English vowels can start a syllable, or end the syllable, or be right smack there in the middle of one. Not so with our pinyin finals. You won't find these guys in the middle. They like to be at the end.
That's why we call the finals, after all.
Another thing that makes them distinct from vowels is that their are a couple sounds included in these finals that English speakers might associate more with consonants. I'm talking specifically about pinyin 'n' and 'ng' endings, which appear in finals such as 'ong' or 'in'.
But let's cut out any talk of theory which won't get us anywhere, anyway. At least not compared to actual practice saying them, as well as hearing how they combine with pinyin initials to make up Chinese words (or characters).
And this subset of the pinyin course videos dealing with pinyin finals is the place to start.
- Pinyin Finals 'a', 'o', and 'e'
- Pinyin Finals 'ao', 'ei', 'ou', 'ai'
- Pinyin Finals 'en', 'eng', 'an', 'ang'
- Pinyin Finals 'i', 'u', 'ü'
- Pinyin Finals 'iong', 'iu', 'ia', 'e'
- Pinyin Final 'ua'
- Pinyin Finals 'ue' and 'un'