Is there any difference in pinyin between bia and ba in mandarin?

I noticed that some of the pin yin is the same pronunciation but some pinyin, for instance, bia, never be used in Mandarin

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    There is no syllable "bia" in Mandarin, so your question is impossible to answer. For instance, the "bia" in "biao" and "bian" aren't pronounced the same way, so it doesn't make sense to learn snippets of Pinyin finals, always learn "-iao", "-ian" and so on as whole units!
    – Olle Linge
    Oct 5, 2014 at 8:21

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They are different. ba sounds the same as British "Bar."

bia sounds the same as the last syllable of "Libya."

biaji biaji 的, used to describe the smacking sound of loud eating, e.g. like ducks eating. There is no written character for this word.

有人吃东西为什么嘴老biaji 那么响,让人听着好不舒服. Why do some people always smack their mouths while eating? It makes me very uncomfortable.

Source: http://zhidao.baidu.com/question/27551978.html

Note: Spoken Chinese is much richer than written Chinese. Due to the un-alphabetical nature of the Chinese writing system, it is very difficult to absorb these vivid spoken Chinese words into mainstream writing.

  • You didn't really answer OP's question though, Is there any difference in pinyin between bia and ba in mandarin?
    – Mou某
    Oct 5, 2014 at 3:04
  • @user3306356 - added, thanks. Oct 5, 2014 at 3:26
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    Flipped my vote.
    – Mou某
    Oct 5, 2014 at 3:43

I think no word is pronounced "bia" in Mandarin. They actually have very different pronunciation. For example, 爸's pinyin is "ba". "bia" is more like 比啊。

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