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Beijing opera was not invented in the capital, but was largely imported from Anhui and other parts of the country, and then it evolved with further influences from other regions. Certain pieces may therefore retain local accents, like Jiang-Huai (江淮官话) above, although the music itself makes it possible to just twist and distort the syllables.


This is because they want to make the sound a little bit louder, because in the past there is no electric amplifier. In the example, the changes are (1) from "ng" to "n", so that the nasal coda is lighter. (2) push vowel from "e" to "a" "o" because the mouth opens wider.


During Chinese New Year there is 猜灯谜 also called 射虎台。The idea is to deduce people, places, etc from phrases. Here's a 青少年学生-level example from this web page: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_4a43c9370100zf31.html The phrase is 燕姿顿觉终日闲。The answer is 孙悟空。 “燕姿” is 孙, because "孙燕姿", Stephanie Sun, a Singaporean singer well-known in east Asia's Chinese ...

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