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Questions regarding the correct consonants, vowels, tone, stress, rhythm and intonation of a word in spoken Chinese

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Stress and the meaning of sentence

Yes I am a native Chinese speaker, but something confused me. I used to think the meaning of a Chinese sentence should unique no matter the intonation and stress (spoken Chinese, of course). I found ...
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Is there phonetic stress in questions?

他最喜欢谁? 他最喜欢小明。 每个人买了什么? 每个人买了菜。 Do correct me if I'm wrong, but I learnt that the main stress of the sentence when you're answering a question is on the part that is actually the answer. So the bolded ...
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How do I stop repeatedly mispronouncing the 3-2 tone combination?

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How is 一举两得 pronounced?

My teacher said I pronounce this wrong: CC-CEDICT: 一举两得 (yī​jǔ​liǎng​dé​) one move, two gains (idiom); two birds with one stone On paper, the tones are 一(1) 举(3) 两(3) 得(2), but then we need to ...
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Why many professional Xiangqi players cannot pronounce 車 correctly?

When referring to a piece in Chinese chess (Xiangqi), 車 should be pronounced as jū or ㄐㄩ, instead of chē (ㄔㄜ). It is understandable that not every native speaker knows this pronunciation. However, I ...
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Tools for self study of Mandarin pronunciation

I am interested in self-study resources to improve my mandarin pronunciation (improve pinyin syllables and also tone pronunciation). There are many resources to self study writing/reading skills here ...
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The Shanghainese pronunciation of 無

吳語小字典 吳語學堂 I have two sources for the Shanghainese pronunciation of "無" (leaving colloquial pronunciation aside); one says the initial is /v/ while the other /ɦ/. I found the same ...
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How pronunce " 小打小闹 " in 我的一点成就 不过是小打小闹?

I am sorry that this question doesn't answer to the case of four consecutive third tones, especially in what Wenlin dictionary calls "Fixed Expression"? How should I apply what is written in ...
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What were the Olympic Chinese table tennis players yelling when they scored?

Watching the men's team table tennis gold medal match in the Tokyo 2020(1) Olympics, I noticed that the Chinese players were yelling something every time they scored. I tried googling to see what they ...
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How to subconsciously pronounce tones when speaking? [closed]

When going through my flashcard deck, I can frequently get the tones right for the cards. Equally, when reading a text aloud or slowly speaking, I can generally hit the tones accurately. However, when ...
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In the context of deep-sea exploration, what is the pronunciation of 蛤 (gé​ vs. há​)?

潜水到几千米深海底的科学家发现了一个繁殖生命的场所,那里的生物长相古怪,​蛤,蚌,蟹,贝壳,红冠蠕虫等等,什么都有。 HSK6 Standard Course 6上, chapter 19. I'm not too sure about how to pronounce 蛤 above: CC-CEDICT: 蛤 (gé​) clam; (há​) frog / toad The HSK6 ...
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How do you combine the sandhi rules for consecutive 3rd tones and half 3rd tones in a sentence like 我很高兴?

In a sentence like: 我很高兴 (wǒ hěn gāo​xìng) two 3rd tones are in a row. So according to 3rd tone sandhi, it must be pronounced wó hěn gāo​xìng On the other hand, a 3rd tone (hěn) is followed by a ...
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What is the Mandarin PinYin pronunciation for the Bushou that cannot be typed?

I am attaching images of 部首 (Associated BuShou) from the widely used 新华字典 (XinHuaZiDian) that have no current Unicode encoding, therefore cannot be typed using your typical software on your typical ...
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Under the rules for tone sandhi and half 3-rd tones, is it correct to pronounce a (3-3) as (3h- 3h) or it must be pronounced (2-3)?

I know that when a 3rd tone is followed by another 3rd tone, (3-3) it is pronounced (2-3). On the other hand, I know that a 3rd tone followed by a non-3rd tone and on many other occasions is ...
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Reading Years in Chinese

We know that years like 2021 are read as "er ling er yi nian". But Google Translate reads 2000年 as :liang qian nian. Possibly because "er ling ling ling nian" would be cumbersome. ...
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Hakka (Sixian dialect) issue: some characters with a rising tone (上聲)

I found that most of the characters that used to have a sonorant initial and a rising tone in Middle Chinese are pronounced in either rising tone or dark level tone(陰平) in modern Hakka language: Dark ...
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Pronouncing pinyin "ing" (bopomofoㄧㄥ ) as /iŋ/ or /jəŋ/ e.g. in 冰

The book "Sounds of Chinese" gives the surface representation IPA transcription for the word 冰 as /pjəŋ/ and the underlying representation as /piŋ/ (in section 8.1), while the example at 3....
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What phonetic sounds are there in Chinese?

What are the IPA symbols for sounds in (Beijing) Mandarin? Which Mandarin sounds are not in (American) English? Which English sounds are not in Mandarin? Below are the IPA consonant and vowel charts ...
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How to pronounce the word that start with "C" in Chinese Mandarin?

This question is not about the tones. It is about how do you pronounce the word that starts with a "C". 脆 Cuì 碎 Suì 猜 Cāi 腮 Sāi Above pair of words sound so familiar but I could hear the ...
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Xiang-affected Mandarin: 元 read, gen?

Watching this YouTube video: 20121114 03 湖南 湖南一男子下班开滑翔伞回家 笑言空中无红灯 @ ~1:10 the reporter says, what sounds to me like: 滑翔伞只要两万余元(gen) then a second later he goes on: 加上动力机器只要六万余元(gen) Looking at the ...
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怎么朗读“∶”号在这句话里?how should ":" be read aloud here?

怎么朗读“∶”号在这句话里? 《6∶2的比值是3》 须要读冒(mào)吗? 看到这句话在现代汉语规范词典里: 比值 bǐzhí 名 两数相比得出的数值, 如6∶2的比值是3。 (也说比率。) How should ":" be read aloud in the dictionary entry above?
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Dictionary for different dialects

I am in search for a dictionary that have the most common Chinese words mapped with a one-to-one relationship for different dialects. To be specific, I am looking for a entries mapped for Taiwan (...
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Is the pinyin for 他撇了撇嘴 actually "tā piē le piězuǐ" (as given by Pleco)? And if so, why are the two 撇s pronounced differently?

There are two pronunciations for 撇: piē and piě. As I understand, the pinyin for 撇嘴 is piě​zuǐ​. But then I see this example sentence on Pleco... 他撇了撇嘴,轻蔑地一笑。 Tā piēle piězuǐ. His lips curled in a ...
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Pronunciation difference between 绿, and 陆。

你们怎么样 ? I cannot find the right pronunciation for words like 绿. The pronunciation of 绿 in my mind is too similar to words like, 陆 。 Help me differenciate between the two and study more about that ...
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Strange pronunciation of 非常

I listen to podcasts from Taiwan for listening practice and I think I hear the word 非常 [fēichánɡ] often pronounced like 飛揚 [fēiyánɡ] in them. Am I hearing it right or am I confusing it with some other ...
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How to learn the correct pronunciation of words with "sh" and "s"?

I've been "speaking" Chinese my entire life, and I can hear, understand, and reproduce the different sounds. I've just never paid much attention to it. It hasn't occurred to me much until ...
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Pronouncing Pinyin "-an" [duplicate]

It seems like Pinyin "an" is pronounced differently in different contexts: Context Pronunciation Example yan/-ian /ɛn/ 言 yuan/-üan, -an /an/ 元, 三 Is this correct?
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When 亏 is kuī ? when yú?

The dictionary entry for 亏 is: 亏 kuī(or yú) lose, fail, damage, deficient When will 亏 be pronounced as yú?
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Pronunciation of 妨碍 (fáng'ài)

For any pronunciation the tone is on the vowel in sequence of a, e, i, o,u which appears first.If it is a two character word, there will not be any symbol between two characters. But in 妨碍 (fáng'ài), ...
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How to pronounce 你是什么意思 in spoken Chinese?

Looking up the Chinese translation of 'What do you mean' in my (pocket) dictionaries and in some translation engines on the internet results in 你是什么意思. In spoken Chinese I hear sounds like 'si mi si' ...
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Pronunciation of 什么

什么 (shénme) sounds to my ears more like (shéme). Assuming I'm hearing correctly, is this just a common contraction of this word, or is the sequence "-n" + "m-" generally contracted ...
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很有 pronounced rather like hěnyòu instead of hěnyǒu

In an intermediate level class (B1 or B2 level perhaps / around HSK 5 or 6), several example sentences were used to illustrate some vocabulary. The teacher, a native speaker with fairly standard ...
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Pronunciation of 对 and 水

对 (duì) sounds to my ears more like /duei/. Similarly with 水 (shuǐ) /ʂuei/. Am I mishearing, or am I misunderstanding how Pinyin is supposed to be pronounced? Or is this a dialectal variant?
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Is it true that the tones of some of the most common words are glossed over in regular speech/turn into neutral tone?

Examples include: 是、去、在、要、就、但、没有、如果 Not sure how to back up this question, except to mention that I've received feedback from natives that I tend to overdo these words' pronunciations (especially 是). ...
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Is 栖 pronounced xi or qi as in 两栖?

I checked several dictionaries it's [liǎng qī]. But it's pronounced xi in this video.
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What is the proper pronunciation of 等等?

Is 等等 pronounced: deng2deng0 (2nd tone and neutral) like 老子、孔子 OR deng3 deng0 (3rd tone and neutral) like 椅子、法子
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吸 read ji or jie?

I know in some dialects of Southwestern Mandarin 吸 is read ji or jie. This is most likely due to the fact that 吸 is made up of 口 + 及 and 及 is read ji or jie in these same topolects. Does this ...
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Do you pronounce 敢吗?and 干嘛? the same?

敢吗?= Dare you? 干嘛? = What's up? What are you doing? Do you pronounce them both the same and depending on the context, people can understand what you mean? or Do you pronounce them both a little bit ...
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Why is there a 零 after 块 when you pronounce 1000.20元? It's 一千块零二毛, but why?

Recently I came across a lesson in a textbook that was about money, numerals, and quantities in general. There was a puzzling entry claiming that 1000.20元 should be pronounced as 一千块零二毛。 Honestly, I ...
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Other than 秘密,are there two-syllable words in Chinese where each syllable is a different character with the same pronunciation?

秘密 is a curious word because both characters are pronounced mì yet they are different from each other. Given that there are so many homophonous characters in Chinese, I'm curious if there's any other ...
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Why is 灸 pronounced jiu1?

The pinyin of 灸 as in 针灸 (acupuncture) or 艾灸 (moxibustion) is clearly given as jiu3, as shown in, among others, MDGB and Zdic. The single character doesn't even have alternate pronunciations, only ...
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Pronunciation of word-initial glides (pinyin 'y' and 'w')

As a non-native speaker, I read pinyin and want to pronounce 'yi' as /ji:/ and 'wu' as /wu:/. But sometimes I think I hear just /i:/ and /u:/. Is that really the case or am I just (not) hearing ...
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Can someone explain 搜噶斯耐 in internet speak?

I was chatting with a Chinese friend of mine whose english is a bit broken (not as nearly as much as my Mandarin is) & she wrote 搜噶斯耐 Which apparently means something like 'so that's it' in ...
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What is the 'correct' way to pronunce 人?

I've heard some people pronunce it zhen and some pronunced it ren (spoken like "you had a hot potato in your mouth") and because of this I am very confused what is the correct pronunciation.
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How to pronunce "ji" (chicken)?

How to pronunce "ji" (chicken) ? is is like english sound "ti" or like "dj"i ?
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How to pronunce "eng"

How to pronunce chinese "eng" ? Is the "en" part of chinese "eng" like the english word "end" or is it like the english part "un" in "trunk" ...
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What tone for retroflex r?

The retroflex r is not the consonant r in a word (pinyin) like in 人 rén. The retroflex is added as a suffix in the Beijing area, or as a diminutive suffix. Would it be pronounced with the second tone,...
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Dictating Chinese text on Windows

Is there any program for Microsoft Windows for dictating Chinese text, that is more accurate than the built-in Microsoft Speech Recognition? I am aware that there exist some online solution, such as ...
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The Taiwanese accent: are pairs "种,总", "四,是", "忘,万" pronounced EXACTLY the same?

My European impression is that pairs zh-z, sh-s, ch-c etc., but also ng-n are pronounced in a VERY similar way in the Taiwanese accent. However, I'm not sure if they're EXACTLY the same. Is the ...
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佢 read "jì" from Hakka?

Looking through the book 四川德阳方言语音演化与接触研究, I came across the following chart excerpt: 表1-6 四川境内非西南官话方言岛与湖广方言特征词对比 In some locales 他 is documented as being read: 佢, tɕi⁵¹ -or- jì, if you prefer. ...

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