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As others explained, there are two qualities of these sounds which distinguish them in different languages: voicing and aspiration. I'll leave you to look up on Wikipedia what these mean exactly. In Mandarin Chinese, b is always unvoiced and unaspirated. p is always unvoiced and aspirated. In English, b is always voiced an unaspirated. p is always ...
For Chinese (native language speaker), someone from south of China may have issue to distinguish between an and ang, en and eng, in and ing, s and sh, c and ch, z and zh, but never mix b and p. They are totally different.
In the International Phonetic Alphabet, for stop consonants, the three following categories are distinguished: (Truly) voiced stops. The vocalization begins before the release of the stop. Examples would be [b], [d], and [g] Voiceless, unaspirated stops. The vocalization begins simultaneously with the release of the stop. Examples: [p], [t], [k]. ...
P lease b elieve me my friend, most of Chinese speakers handle this well. /b/ and /p/ are both commonly used in daily life. 皮: /pi/ (skin) 笔: /bi/ (pen)
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