Mandarin Pinyin - Initials

3. Initials of Chinese Pinyin

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Chinese Pinyin has 21 Initials. Initials are similar to consonants in English. According to their phonetic characteristics, initials are classified into 6 categories as follows:

  1. Labials,

  2. Dentals,

  3. Velars,

  4. Palatals,

  5. Aveolars or Flat Tongue Initials,

  6. Retroflexes or Curled Tongue Initials.

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