For example, 'shuo' is sometimes mistakenly pronounced 'shou'. 'Juan' is often pronounced 'zhuan'. 

Can anyone think of any others? I want to highlight some common mistakes to teach pinyin pronunciation.

  • Are you asking for a list of "common" mistakes? Apart from the fact that list questions are not the kind of questions we actually want (especially open-ended lists), how do we know which mistakes are the most common? We'd need to agree on some standard resource, or some method to choose them.
    – Alenanno
    Mar 22, 2012 at 0:30
  • This question is too subjective unless a proper source is provided. Personally I don't mistakenly pronounce "shuo" but often confuse "cu" and "shu", but that's just me, and it's irrelevant to a Q&A website.
    – laurent
    Mar 22, 2012 at 4:47
  • 1
    This question has been closed as too subjective. This is more based on personal experiences.
    – going
    Mar 22, 2012 at 9:40
  • Juan is often confused with zhuan. Pinyin words which begin with j, x, q follow different rules that most other words. Just wondered if there were any others which were common.
    – jaffa
    Mar 23, 2012 at 20:11

2 Answers 2


For people from south China, the following may be confused:

  • z / zh
  • c / ch
  • s / sh
  • n / l
  • l / r

Many Pinyin input methods include "fuzzy pronunciations", a feature that automatically matches these confusable pronunciations. For example, if you input zui, the results will also include all characters of zhui.

The Google Pinyin input method uses the following list:

  • z / zh
  • c / ch
  • s / sh
  • an / ang
  • en / eng
  • in / ing
  • l / n
  • f / h
  • r / l
  • k / g
  • ian / iang
  • uan / uang
  • Well google obviously knows some of the mistakes. Useful, thanks.
    – jaffa
    Mar 23, 2012 at 20:08

ng=> mg

zh=> ch

ch=> zh

?n=> ?ng


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