I am looking for a list that has a 1-on-1 mapping between common Beijing and Standard Chinese vocabulary. For instance, a native from Beijing one would say things like 今儿 and 這兒 which could then be mapped respectively to 今天 and 這裡 in standard chinese.

In lack of a better word I used "Standard Chinese" to refer to the way people in other parts of China speak which (for instance Shanghai) where they do not use erhua when speaking Chinese.

  • This is a good question! One complication is that I've observed a three-way split between a/ Beijing Mandarin (lots of 儿化), b/ Mainland Newscaster Mandarin (some 儿化, but only in some words), and c/ Southern and Taiwanese Mandarin (almost no 儿化). E.g., 今儿 in a/ but not b/ or c/, which use 今天; 这儿 in a/ and b/ but not c/, which uses 这里. Jun 3, 2021 at 3:20
  • That is correct. I have also noticed that on HSK they sometimes have er hua. Thus, the best would be to have such a list that groups based on frequency based on high or low usage. But I would also be gladly accept any unfiltered 1-on-1 mapping.
    – Alexander
    Jun 3, 2021 at 6:05
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    It’s probably easiest just to look through Beijing topolect dictionaries.
    – Mou某
    Jun 3, 2021 at 7:27
  • I can contribute several, 掉点儿 raindrops start to drop; 搌布 -> 抹布 dishcloth; 朋友之间称对方父母 咱妈,咱爸 your mother, your father.
    – Zhang
    Jun 4, 2021 at 2:39

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北京話 basically has a lot of 兒化音, once in a few words they will 兒化 it. Even as a native Chinese speaker, I'm not quite used to it lol


Not 100% what you're looking for, but there's a twitter bot called 北京话bot that tweets lots of (what seem to me to be) Beijing colloquialisms.


It gives some explanations of the terms it mentions, in 普通话. Not really a reference but it is quite interesting I think.

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