Pinyin tone mark placement mnemonic

This seems like something you would pick up automatically over time, but somehow it’s not. At least on my part, I kept having problems with remembering it. There’s different ways of putting the rules, but what works best for me is:

  • The tone mark goes on the vowel that’s first in this sequence: a o e i u (ü)
  • Except for -iu, where it goes on the u
⇒ youtube: the 6 Vowels for Chinese Pinyin (Chels Teaches Chinese)

Alternative mnemonic: All vowels in use


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