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An initial refers to the first part of a syllable. There are 21 initials in Putonghua, which are all consonants.
Click on any of the initials in red to get sound and video guides to pronunciation.

 
Stop
Affricate
Fricative
Nasal
Lateral
Surd
Surd
Surd
Sonant
Sonant
Sonant
Unaspirate
Aspirated
Unaspirate
Aspirated
Bilabials
         
Labiodental
             
Blade-alveolar
         
Alveolar
       
Blade-palatal
       
Palatal
         
Velar
         

 

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