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April 9, 2014 / the speech monster

More Mandarin Speech Resources


created in Boardmaker®

This is part 2 to the post sharing some Mandarin speech resources I did back in *gasp!!!!* October 2012. So this took ages to complete but hey, better late than never, right?

I’ve now added all the phonemes present in the Mandarin phonetic inventory. Note that the target sounds are all in syllable initial and word initial positions. I may at some point work on these sounds in the second syllable, word initial positions. I’m also hoping to add diphthongs as a client is about to work on them soon and as there are lots of Mandarin words containing this structure.

I’m a Mac user but because I’ve used Boardmaker® for Windows instead to make these resources, I couldn’t figure out an easy way to add the pinyin (romanized letters) in with the pictures. Those who wish to use these resources will have to rely on Mandarin speakers to help you figure out the pronunciation. Or you can email me and I’m happy to send you the pinyin to the words you wish to use.

The headings below correspond to the pinyin versions of the words, NOT the IPA sounds.

As I spent quite a bit of time on these resources, please give credit where it’s due. Thanks. 🙂












If you wish to get a quick overview of the sound inventory development in Mandarin speaking children, head over to this website: The author of the site, Tao-Yuan Li has done a nice, easy to read summary of Hua & Dodd’s study in 2000 of Mandarin speaking children’s age of acquisition of syllable initial consonant phonemes.





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  1. kyrangel / Apr 23 2014 7:31 am

    Thank you for making these! 🙂

    • the speech monster / May 29 2014 10:58 am

      No worries. Hope you got some use out of them. 😉

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