I'm a struggling very beginner having difficulties with both pronunciation and Pinyin.
I dabble in linguistics so I'm accustomed to dealing with IPA pronunciations. For this reason I have been looking for a table related syllables in Pinyin and IPA. I found this one on
talkbang.org, which I thought was just what I was looking for.
When I found my pronunciation of 去 (qù) "go" wasn't good I found on this site that the pronunciation would be
/tɕʰu/, with the "u" sound similar to the one in Engish "food".
But my native Chinese speaking friend didn't understand me and the pronunciation he demonstrated for me sounded like
/y/ is the IPA symbol for the "ü" sound not found in English but similar to a sound found in French and German.
I know in Pinyin the spellings and sounds for "ü" and "u" are not totally obvious for new learners and I haven't got a grip on this yet.
So is the chart on this website wrong, thus being part of what's hindering my progress, or am I just not hearing or understanding things at all?