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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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怎么读“÷”号在这个等式里?how should “÷” be read aloud in this equation?

怎么读“÷”号在这个等式里? 《16÷8=2》 须要读"chú"吗?或者,chúyǐ? "shíliù chú bā děngyú èr". 在现代汉语规范词典有这个定义: 除法 chúfǎ 名 求一个数的若干分之一的运算方法。如16÷8=2。 How should "÷" be read aloud in the ...
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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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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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Is pinyin an accurate pronunciation guide?

Pinyin seems to be an EXACT pronunciation guide to Chinese words, but is it exact? I am not a Chinese speaker so don't know for sure. I would like to take the Pinyin transcription of Chinese words and ...
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How do you read “11%” aloud when it refers to percentage points?

I sometimes read newspapers aloud to practice pronunciation, but encounter the issue of percentage points, e.g. 20% and 31% differ by "11 percentage points" (or just "11 points" ...
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Why is 系 pronounced xì (not jì) in the idiom 解铃还须系铃人?

With regards to the idiom: 解铃还须系铃人 jiě líng hái xū xì líng rén CC-CEDICT: lit. whoever hung the bell on the tiger's neck must untie it (idiom) / fig. whoever started the trouble should end it I'm ...
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Synonym of 这么 with pronunciation zen4me

In the dialogs of the FSI course, there are quite a few places where zen4me (with a falling tone) is used in the sense of zhe4me (这么). For example: Nǐ zěnme zènme wǎn [lái le]? I haven't been able to ...
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What's the exact realization of Chinese glides (in medial position)?

While in some transcriptions you might encounter the IPA [j], [ɥ], and [w] for the medial glides, there are also transcriptions with IPA [ʲ], [ʷ] and [ᶣ]. Glides can have many interpretations ...
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Why use “i” to represent 自然韵?

In teaching 汉语拼音,the biggest headache is how to explain the "i" after the 7 独立音节 should not be pronounced same way as in "bi" "pi" "mi" ... etc. A very serious ...
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What's wrong to write g for 漢語拼音 pronunciation of 歌? [closed]

This is a question asked on behalf of thousands of new beginner learning 漢語拼音. When giving a 漢語拼音 dictation test (like spelling test in English) to my students, one very smart student write "g&...
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How to pronounce '蒙古' correctly?

The word '蒙古' seems to be read as 'měng gu'. But when I listen to others, it seems to be pronounced 'méng gu'. Which is the correct one? And I found it hard to tell the difference between 'měng gu' ...
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Intonation and stress for Chinese pronunciation

The new book 汉语国际教育用词语声调组合及轻重音格式实用手册 ("A Practical Manual of Tone Patterns and Formats of Stressed and Unstressed Syllables in Mandarin Words for the Application of Teaching Chinese to the ...
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Does 意大利 ever get read as 意太利?

I have heard 意大利 read 意太利, as a sort of half-joke half-honest pronunciation. This is funny because some dialects do read 大 as /t‘ai/ (think: Gan, Hakka, Min Nan, etc.). 《现代汉语方言音库 • 成都话音档》also has an ...
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What does the inital /dⁿ/ stand for?

While answering @Qiangong2's question here: Are Characters customized in different provinces due to dialectal differences? I was looking through the table on 四川方言字. On the table the following initial ...
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The Many Pronunciations of 法

Regarding the various pronunciations of 法字, how much of the below is accurate? 法 as in 法国: Mainland: Fǎ Taiwan: MoeDict has Fǎ, with Fà listed only as “旧音”, but my understanding is that most ...
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How did Middle Chinese “hæwk” evolve into Mandarin “xué”?

So I was wondering why the on'yomi reading of Japanese 学 was "gaku" and the Korean reading of 學 was "hak", since I knew that in Mandarin, 学 was "xué", which is radically ...
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Why are there different pronunciations of 复杂?

During a Chinese class, a student pronounced 复杂 as fu3za2, instead of the official pronunciation fu4za2. The Chinese teacher corrected the student but then mentioned many native speakers pronounce it ...
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Do any Chinese languages or dialects contain a rolled/trilled R?

From 20:00 to 22:00 of this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnMeISMY6eM), the speaker appears to pronounce the R sound with standard Mandarin pronunciation in 若 and 仍然. However, he rolls the R ...
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Is the ''a'' in ''ta'' pronounced as the ''a'' in ''tan'' or the ''a'' in ''tang''?

It just occurred to me that I've been pronouncing the ''a'' in ba, da, fa, ga, ha, ka, la, ma, na, pa, sa, the same. But I've been pronouncing the ''a'' in ta differently. Like the ''a'' in ''ang''. ...
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Different accents/dialects applicable to the pinyin “r” sound

When I first began learning Mandarin and was struggling with some of the different pronunciations I heard 2 different representations of the "r" sound in pinyin. The first representation suggested to ...
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How do I pronounce 用勿着 in Shanghainese?

There isn't a pronunciation for it on Wiktionary, and I don't know whether it is a fossilised or an analysable phrase, so therefore I don't know whether or not right-prominent tone sandhi applies. My ...

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