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Questions tagged [pronunciation]

Questions on specific points regarding the ability to use the correct consonants, vowels, tone, stress, rhythm and intonation of a word in a spoken Chinese

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Is this a spoken contracted form of 現在【现在】?

In this video at time stamp 0:07 the Taiwanese speaker (according to the subtitles) says: 我們現在是在臺北。。。 However the what she actually says for 現在 is one syllable that sounds like /xia1/ to me. What ...
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Where in Sichuan is 虾 pronunced ha1 (xa⁵⁵)?

《现代汉语方言音库 • 成都话音档》has two listings for 虾 one that says: xa⁵⁵ 又ɕia⁵⁵ xa⁵⁵ can pretty much be pinyinized as ha1 - for simplification here. And there is of course a second entry that says: ɕia⁵⁵ ...
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Contracted pronunciations of 今天 and 这里【這裡】(Taiwan)?

I was watching this great video interviewing people on the street in Taiwan. The interviewer asks the question “你今天來這裡做什麼?” to many people. When introducing the question to "us", the interviewer uses ...
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pronunciation of more than 2 following 3rd tone [duplicate]

Is there any rule for the prounciation of more than 2 following 3rd tone ? for exemple the word " 展览馆 " or the short sentence " 我很好 " ?
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Is Pinyin recommended for Mandarin Chinese?

Background: I am currently trying to learn Chinese. However, pronunciation isn't as straightforward as I thought. Question: Is Pinyin actually recommended and taught by Mandarin Chinese teachers? I'...
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“Shakespere” Pronounced wrong upsets my teacher

Apparently, when I pronounce the tones wrong on 莎士比亚 I've said something that my teacher refuses to explain to me. It should be Shāshìbǐyǎ. What am I doing wrong?
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博士 Pronunciation /ʃə/ or /ʃi/

Why in Chinese some people pronounce the vocal "i" in 士 in the word 博士 (bó shì) as the IPA /i/ in the English "she", but sometimes they pronounce it as the IPA /ə/ in the English "her". Which one is ...
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Pronunciation of 册

I'm trying to understand the sounds of 册. Phonetically I think I'm hearing "twuh", which is nothing like the pinyin cè. What phonetic sounds are being made? Feel free to add another pronunciation at ...
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How to pronounce 日?

I've tried listening to forvo and the first doesn't sound like any distinct sound. The others sound like the letter j with the rest of a word cut off and google sounds like the pinyin spelling "ree". ...
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Is Siri good for practicing Chinese pronunciation?

Is Siri really that good for Chinese pronunciation? I mean, there will be nothing like a native speaker. For example, when I say "Ní haô" or "Wò qù", it still says the expected characters. If Siri ...
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Pronouncing Xué (学)

你好! I am currently learning Chinese but I've been struggling with perhaps a very easy sound to do. How do I pronounce Xué (学)? I know that with "x", it's "sh" with the tip of your tongue on your ...
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Mandarin: tongue placement when pronouncing ü words like 學 and 去 that begin with q, x, j?

Many Mandarin pronunciation guides suggest pronouncing the ü vowel with a tense tongue in mid-mouth as when pronouncing the "yi" sound. However, for words starting with q, j, x, many sites suggest ...
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Pronunciation/tones for hug (擁抱): yong1 bao4 or yong3 bao4?

CantoDict and yellowbridge say the pronunciation for 擁抱 is yong1 bao4. However, Google Translate and other pages say it's yong3 bao4. What's the right pronunciation?
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Can Chinese words start with a vowel?

I've been searching around for random words. Dragon = long, green = lǜsè, river = he... I can't seem to find any words that start with a vowel. Do any Chinese words start with a vowel?
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When/where is cancer [癌] pronunced yán?

MDBG's definition of 癌 says: cancer / carcinoma / also pr. [yan2] MoE put their main pronunciation of 癌 as: yán Which might make it look like a TW thing but 兩岸's entry just reads: ái When ...
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How many homophones for “shi” are there in Chinese - with or without considering tones?

I'm curious as to how many Chinese characters correspond to the pinyin "shi", such as 是 时 十 事 史 and so on. Is there an exact number of how many words (besides really archaic ones nobody uses) use this ...
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Help translating two lines of Zhang Shaolin's “Hakka homesickness” (客家乡情) + some weird pronunciations in that song

Song video. Lyrics, romanization (based on what I hear in the video), translation attempt. 张少林的“客家乡情”(客家话) 爱记乡情 齐家都係客人 最緊有煞拼求進 (AX 建议的写法) 莫忘乡情 齐家係自家人 只只回故乡寻根 叔公叔婆来相认 亲戚送礼来好热心 到处都有人亲 做事耐苦 人乌白也分明 ...
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Questions on a Hakka song and its particular Hakka dialect

Warning, General Background, Table of Contents This is going to be a very long post, just like my work on this video was very long. This is why I am breaking it down into sections. It is also going ...
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Status of a sandhi “rule” for 2nd tone

I came across a sandhi rule - described here (point number 6): A 2nd tone preceded by a 1st or 2nd tone and followed by another tone becomes a 1st tone I never heard of this rule before so I was ...
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Doubts on some words in a Deng Lijun song

I just listened to the song 无奈 by Deng Lijun, and there are three points where what I hear doesn't match the lyrics I have: At the end of the sentence at 1:30-1:37, my lyrics have 痴情 | chïqíng, but I ...
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Adverb suffix “te(t)” in Hakka: exact pronunciation? Better spelling suggestion (perhaps)?

In the song 摇滚吧!山歌, there is a line going: Man-man-te(t) pun nyin thiam-piong I render that in characters as: 慢慢地分人添放, and it means: Are slowly being forgotten. I know that pun is a ...
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The IPA for pinyin x

Every single source I come across on google list the IPA of pinyin x as /ɕ/, or the voiceless alveolo-palatal fricative. However, the sample sound on Wikipedia is quite distinct from it -- to me (...
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Any evidence for z(h)uang (这么) and luang (那么)?

I keep hearing: zuang [tsuaŋ] and luang [Ĩuaŋ] for 这么 and 那么, respectively. I believe it is Minjiang dialect (岷江话, 岷江小片). I've flipped through a couple of books I have but I haven't been able ...
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Examples of Epenthesis in Chinese

Epenthesis is a process that inserts a syllabic or non-syllabic segment within an existing string of segments. For example, it is common in casual speech for English speakers to insert a (p) in ...
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Why is Húnán pronounced with an F?

I traveled to Hunan province and stumbled across something interesting. I was speaking to a taxi driver and asked him, 'where are you from'? He responded, 'Funan'. I then realized he actually meant '...
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Pronunciation of 壹 / 一 in Mandarin

The pronunciation of 壹 / 一 in Mandarin, when I was in school, is: yī It's been a while that it is also pronounced as: yao (or similar, I'm not very good with pinyin) and seems common among ...
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Mandarin dialect pronouncing sizzling consonants differently

Sometimes when people speak Chinese they pronounce "zh" more like "z", "ch" like "c", "sh" more like "s", etc. In other respects (sentence structure, words), it seems to be proper mandarin. An example ...
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Word pairs like 嫉妒/忌妒 with similar pronounciations and meanings - examples and discussion please

I was thinking about how slight changes in pronunciation are reflected in writing. As a case in point, here are two examples of words whose pronunciations are different, but similar, and whose ...
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How did Chinese people know in the past the pronunciation of words? [duplicate]

Nowadays a Chinese person seeing a character for the first time can look it up in a dictionary (it doesn't matter how) and get the phonetic or Pinyin transliteration, so that the pronunciation is ...
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Correct pronunciation for 北, 白 in Cantonese?

Referring to Cantonese Sheik, 北 is normally pronounced as 'bak', as in 北角 (bak gok - a train station in Hong Kong). However, I have seen instances where it is pronounced as 'pak' as in 北潭涌 (Pak Tam ...
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Pinyin vs. Pronounciation of 嗯?

I've seen the word "嗯" many times in conversations and songs. I know that it pronounces like "hm", expressing curiosity. But when I check the pinyin of it, according to Wiktionary, it is like such: ...
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Why does 空 have a fourth tone reading in 空格, but a first tone reading in 空调, 空气 etc

And, more broadly, is there a pattern when words like 空 have the same pronunciation but different tones, depending on the word?
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How is “biang” as in “biáng biáng miàn” pronounced in other dialects?

To my understanding, "biáng" is not a sound that exists in Mandarin, though there's some argument on the hypothetical phonological possibility of such here. One might assume therefore that it is a ...
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In which pitches do I pronounce several first tones in a sequence?

For a while now I've been noticing and trying to figure out how to correctly pronounce several first tone characters in a row. Examples: 機車 jīchē 公車 gōngchē The speech synthesis of Quizlet ...
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Why is inital /ŋ/ considered hick-ish?

There seems to be a habit of dropping /ŋ/ initials in topolects/dialects for fear of seeming like a redneck. Consider: Canto: 屋 nguk1 vs. uk1 [the new ABC Cantonese dictionary only gives the uk1 ...
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刀削面: who says xuē and who says xiāo?

I’ve only ever known 刀削面 as dāoxuēmiàn, maybe that says something about the company I keep. I’ve noticed recently a lot of people, though, actually say dāoxiāomiàn. ABC dictionary lists both ...
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What is the difference between colloquial and literary readings of characters?

This CantoDict page for 熟 says: Pinyin shu2 is literary reading; shou2 is colloquial. What does this mean? More importantly, how are you supposed to pronounce 熟 in Mandarin? :)
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Pronunciation of 汎 in the Analects

I am listening to a recording of the Analects in Mandarin recommended by several of my Chinese friends (so, good quality, I hope). In the 學而第一 there is the saying: 子曰:「弟子入則孝,出則弟,謹而信,汎愛眾,而親仁 My ...
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Are idioms affected by tone changing rules?

For example, if I have the idiom: 一路平安 Does the tone of the 一 change to a second tone because 路 is fourth tone?
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Meaning/pronuncation of 祢

祢 Google says it means "you" and is pronounced "mí" Wiktionary says it is "you" but only for deity and pronounced “nǐ” My pinyin input method offers it for "mi" or "ni" CEDICT makes it a "memorial ...
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Min 毋免: m̄-bián only, or possibly m̄-mián?

This word is found in 爱拼才会赢, where I hear it as undoubtedly m̄-mián, yet when I look it up on 台湾闽南语常用词辞典 or on Wiktionary, I only find the pronunciation m̄-bián. So I was wondering: is he getting it ...
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Phonetic pronunciation help for “秋子/Autumn Child” - Chinese trad

Trying to figure out the laymans phonetic spelling for 秋子 (Qiūzi: Autumn Child.) The closest I've been able to come is Chee-Oh-tsö (because the umlaut 'o' makes an oo sound). But this still seems ...
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What is the tone for 少 in 老少边穷地区?

I hear Mr. Xi Jinping in his address to villagers spoke 老少边穷地区 in the fourth tone (i.e., 少 as 绍), but I think he might have made a mistake here, out of instincts, without any real understanding.
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Should I pronounce “er” as [ɚ] or [aɚ̯]?

What I learned growing up was that words with the pinyin “er”, like 儿, 二, and 耳 were pronounced [ɚ], but younger/more native speakers of Standard Chinese seem to pronounce it as [aɚ], and I was ...
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闭上 pronounced pei-soeng in Cantonese: just Wang Jie in this song or something more?

In 能否不想你 (lyrics here), Wang Jie pronounces (or so it seems to my ear) 门若闭上了 变再会无期 as Mun joek pei-soeng-liu    bin zoi-wui mou-kei Is this just this video or is this pronunciation ...
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偷看一眼 sounds like “Ta kan yi yan”: wrong lyrics (as happened with 一切都这么美好 which is sung as 一切都变得美好) or weird pronunciation?

In the song 忘不了 by Teresa Teng (lyrics here), one line goes: 偷看一眼 That is, according to online lyrics. Except in this video, both at 00:25-00:26 and at 1:18-1:20, I hear: Ta kan yi yan So are ...
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上帝也哭泣, Cantonese version, is this bit of lyrics correct?

The song in the title is by Wang Jie. The lyrics can be found here. However, ever since I first met this song, I was puzzled by this bit: 谁飘涌这里未能别去? This should transliterate to: Seoi4 piu1 ...
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When is 系 pronounced xì/xi and when is it pronounced jì?

A commonly used phrase is 没关系 (méiguānxi) which means "it doesn't matter"; it's used respond to 谢谢 (thank you) and 对不起 (sorry). I found in this question that 系 can also be pronounced jì, as in 系好安全带 (...
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質: when to pronounce in 2nd tone or 4th (Mandarin)?

In Mandarin, sometimes 質 is pronounced with the 2nd tone (e.g., 質地, 特質) and other times it's pronounced with the 4th tone (e.g., 質疑, 質量, 品質). Here are two words pronounced with the 2nd tone: 質地 http:...
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documentation/references: 全 being pronunced `qian` in Southwestern Mandarin

I'd always had this hunch! The bus recording was supposed to be 安全 but why did it sound like 安前. Then I got affirmation from 《成都方言》 刘前进 此词源于《刘全进瓜》的古典故事,即与瓜傻同义,便指傻瓜。又由于地域读音关系,“前”与“全”不分,此词又为“...