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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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Does 石 have two dissimilar pronunciations?

From CEDict: MBP-WWG:~ Admin$ egrep "\t石\t" /Users/Admin/Downloads/cedict_1_0_ts_utf-8_mdbg.txt 石 石 Shi2 surname Shi 石 石 dan4 dry measure for grain equal to ten dou 斗<br/>ten ...
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About pronunciation of 大家

Can 大家 be pronounced like dà a ? I heard lots of Chinese'd pronounced just like that. Who can help me with this?
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What is the rule for a series of third tones?

I understand what to do if you have a series of 3 third tones, and the rules are well explained here. But what about 4 third tones in a row? 这件大衣很特别,我也想买一件。 I'm guessing it would be wó yě xiáng ...
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Are people's names always pronounced the same in Mandarin?

In many languages, you can not be really sure how to pronounce a person's name, so you have to ask them first, and remember. For instance, "Broglie" can be brɔɪ or brɔˈgli, "中島" can be Nakashima or ...
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Which pronunciation of 云 (yun) is correct?

Google Translate has a different pronunciation of 云 (yun) than this website: https://resources.allsetlearning.com/chinese/pronunciation/Yun The Google Translate one sounds like more the Cantonese ...
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Ti Pronunciation of “Di Renjie”

The famous character Judge Dee is based on the historical magistrate Di Renjie, according to Wikipaedia. But I have seen this name spelled as Ti Jentsjié in Dutch, pronounced roughly like /ti/ /jen....
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What is the correct tone for 压 in 高压电 (high voltage) and 低压电 (low voltage)?

In the following signs, we have 高压电 (high voltage) and 低压电 (low voltage). Chinese Converter gives the pinyin: gāo yā diàn and dī yā diàn (this has been wrong in the past). However, Dict.cn and ...
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What's the difference between voiced and “unaspirated” consonants and how can I check if I got it correct?

I heard from somewhere that there are no voiced consonants in Mandarin. Wikipedia says that consonants like the pinyin "d", "b", "g" are "unaspirated", whatever that means... Although my first ...
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Chinese traditional singing

To my American ears, traditional high pitched Chinese singing sounds strange. Also, in the movie 活着 when the protagonist Fugui sings in his puppet troupe he sounds so weird/funny to me, but it doesn't ...
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Standard tone for 面 (mian4 or mian5) when used in words like 后面, 前面, 对面?

I noticed that CC-CEDICT uses a mixture. For example: mian4: 前面, 对面, 里面 mian5: 后面, 上面, 下面, 外面 ABC is similar except: mian4: 后面 (but also has mian5 as a less common pronunciation) mian5: 前面 Is ...
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跟您请教一个字(Do you know this Chinese word?)

左边一个 至 右边一个各 怎么念 是什么意思? it would look like 至各
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Where did “Chinchew” come from?

There is this Chinese city called 泉州. Mandarin: Quánzhōu. Cantonese: Cyun4-zau1. Hakka: Chhièn-chû. Min Nan: Chôan-chiu. Pronunciations found here. Wikipedia adds a local Hokkien: Chôan-chiu. Here I ...
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Did Mandarin Pinyin `chiang` used to exist?

Came across this today: 《廣韻·平·江》:“𧜧,短敞衣也,丑江切。” 𧜧 has MSM pronunciation chuāng but if we take 丑江切 that means we have ch + iang = chiang. Other characters with 丑江切 seem to include: 䚎 (MSM: also ...
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Pronunciation of 要

What is the correct pronunciation of 要? I've learned it as yao4 but a video said it is yao3. Then I checked it in an online dictionary and it provides 3 different pronunications: yao4, yao3 ,yao1 ...
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二 Mandarin pronunciation vs. other dialects and Japanese

Since I started learning Japanese a while ago, I always found the onyomi pronunciation of 二, being 'ni', unusual compared to the Mandarin pronunciation of 'èr'. The Old and Middle Chinese ...
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Can Chinese people pronounce the tones correctly with a stuffed nose or soar throat?

As far as I understand the Chinese language makes heave use of tones and inclinations for oral conversation. How do people who have a stuffed nose or sore throat deal with the tones then? Do they ...
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Practicing pronunciation via app [closed]

I'm wondering what ways there are too practice permission without a teacher, e.g. with software. I often will speak into pleco and Google translate to see if it can recognize my Chinese. I think this ...
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Where can I find a list of (acceptable) 连读 words?

When I started learning Chinese I would often hear (mostly northers) 连读 a bunch of different words: 意思 yi si - became - yis 认识 ren shi - became - rensh Perhaps this doesn't count as 连读 - but the ...
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Questions about the Taiwanese mandarin accent

I recently got into learning mandarin, mainly because I recently travelled to Taiwan and really enjoyed their version of it. Now I want to learn mandarin, possibly with a Taiwanese accent but I haven'...
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Is Wade-Giles “Shih” pronounced the same as Pinyin “Shi”?

I was wondering if the Wade-Giles pronunciation of "Shih", as in "Chiang Chieh-shih" is pronounced the same as the Pinyin pronunciation of "Shi" as in "Jiang Jieshi". Thank you.
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is 尿 still pronunced `yao` in 江西话?

《广安方言与民俗词典》 says: 【yào】尿“niao4”的音变。此为江西话在广安一些地方的遗存。在实际语言运用中,要注意区分“要来了”与“尿来了”、“我要”与“屙尿”等相似音。 俗语:“打尿噤”,指因尿急身体突然颤动一两下。 “口水多,无尿屙”,讽刺话语特别多的人。 “你娃儿沟子一翘,老子就晓得你要屙尿”,比喻十分清楚对方的意图。 歇后语:“...
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Hanzi pronunciation by radicals

I got into learning Chinese recently and since I already speak Japanese I find myself in a weird spot of being fairly familiar with a writing system, yet barely being able to read more than 30 ...
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Why is there a special pronunciation of 论 just for 论语?

The character 论 has pinyin lùn for all uses except in 论语 where it is lún. Is there some known historical reason for this change in pronunciation?
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How to hear tones in speech better

Today I mistook 化学 for 滑雪. That's it. How can I train my ears to better hear tones when people speak Chinese? Sometimes, the tones aren't pronounced to a level where I can physically hear them/have ...
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Are there any dictionaries that show the relative frequency of 多音字?

Some characters have multiple pronunciations (多音字), but often some pronunciations are much more common. For example, 吗 is almost always used as a question particle pronounced ma, but occasionally it ...
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Polysemous disyllabic words

I would like to know whether in chinese there are polysemous disyllabic words made up of disyllabic morphemes, that is a word made up of two characters and which when (at least one of) its syllables ...
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How can I get a Mandarin teacher while living in a small town without Chinese schools/institutions?

I've been learning Chinese for 2 months and I'm finding it too hard to learn by myself. So as I asked in the title, I'd like to get a tutor so that I can learn basic grammar and practice conversations....
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N and NG in Mandarin

I'm having trouble to differ 'n' and 'ng'. I've been searching it on internet, but I can't really differentiate them. How can I pronounce them correctly?
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Generalize consecutive third tones change rule

井井有条​ (to be neat and tidy) we have a sequence of the third tones. Why is it pronounced as jing2 jing2 you3 tiao2 and not jing2 jing3 you3 tiao2 After all, the first half goes together, and the ...
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Does 芋頭 have a different pronunciation in Taiwan Mandarin vs Mainland?

My friends in Kaohsiung just taught me the word for "taro" 芋頭. I looked it up and found yu4 tou5 but my friends here insist it's yu4 tou2. Is this a pronunciation difference between Taiwan vs the ...
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How to pronounce the Mandarin third tone

I've started to learn Chinese about a month ago (as a foreign language) and I'm a little bit confused about how to pronounce the third tone (while dropping aside the tone sandhi rules). I'm confused ...
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What's the tone on 河南话's 中 (as in: very good)

What's the time on 河南话's 中 meaning very good? It sounds like 3rd tone but I'm not sure.
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Media Source for “Natural” Sounding Mandarin Chinese

I've been looking to improve my Chinese pronunciation and listening skills. When looking at most tv dramas and textbook dialogues, however, I can't help but notice that tones and pitches tend to be ...
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How to pronounce 绿林?

The 绿林 were an agrarian rebellion movement during the Xin dynasty. How is 绿林 pronounced? Wikipedia claimsclaimed that it's Lǜlín But in dictionaries it's lùlín Which one is right?
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Are the two pronunciations of 谁 (shéi / shuí) the result of regional differences?

The pronoun 谁 has two pronunciations — shéi and shuí — without a difference in meaning. When I started learning Chinese, I learnt the pronunciation shéi. However, one of my Chinese language partners (...
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How to pronounce multiple consecutive third tones in a sentence [duplicate]

I learned that a third tone character is pronounced as a second tone if it's followed by another third tone character. My question is, how do I pronounce a sentence that has three or more consecutive ...
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Why is Russia translated to 俄罗斯(E Luo Si)?

The Chinese Wikipedia article describes the name of Russia, and many of its historical Chinese exonyms. 按照俄语发音“Россия”,其名称应翻译为“羅西亚”。元朝时根据蒙古语译为「斡羅思」[b],到清朝初年许多文献中曾称为「羅剎」[c],但在以国家相称时则多译为「鄂羅斯」[d]或「...
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zh sound with a flat tongue?

This is from the Wikipedia article on retroflex consonant, but isn't this wrong? I assume that Mandarin zh, ch, sh, and r sound should be pronounced with your tongue curled up, rather than "flat?" ...
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Pronunciation of 这 (ze4 or zen4?) in 天气这么好

Not entirely sure, but a friend (mother tongue 普通话, originally from 沈阳(Shenyang)) recently pronounced 这 as ze4 or maybe zen4 when she said 今天天气这么好. 这 isn't such simple word I find, as it can be zhe4 ...
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Is there a chart of all possible Chinese syllables using Hanzi?

I have been able to find many charts that describe all possible Initial and Final combinations in pinyin, but I'm wondering if there is anything available like that that uses Hanzi only? I made ...
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What Chinese language(s) have pronunciation ㄍ丨(romanization: gi)

Heard pronunciation ㄍ丨(romanization: gi) recently in a dialect of south western mandarin. I was trying to trace it together with something else. Seems like Hakka pronounces 机/機 ㄍ丨but I couldn't ...
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What does this announcer say after the words 改变?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0D-ot2tso8 This is that somewhat controversial commercial for laundry soap. It's at about the :40 second mark. Is he saying 帅哥? Thank you, Rachel
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How to pronounce 廿卅卌 in Chinese?

I originally just wanted to ask something about 廿 (20). But as I searched on the internet I found 卅(30) and 卌(40) as well, and I have to admit that I didn't know these two. I think 廿 is pronounced as ...
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Would it be incorrect to not include 儿 here?

For example, what's the difference between 那边儿 and 那边? When writing in Chinese do I need the 儿 because I've heard people say both.
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Pronunciation of 站

While looking for the correct pronunciation of 站 (zhàn / zhan4), I've come across several different recordings in online dictionaries, Forvo, wiktionary, and Google Translate, for example. Sometimes ...
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How do I pronounce romanised Chinese names which lack tone marks?

In the West, Chinese names almost never seem to be written using pinyin tone marks or numbers. For example, the current president's name will simply be written as Xi Jinping. I had to Google to ...
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Tips for pronunciating tone value “21”?

Any tips for pronunciating tone value "21"? It seems to be, fairly, common in Chinese topolects. Kind of hard to get a grasp on the whole starting low and dropping lower thing, though. Some have ...
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How to indicate “long pronunciation” in writing in Chinese?

In English I can change "what the heck" to something like "what the heeckkkkkk" when writing in order to show that the pronunciation of "heck" is being dragged out. When writing Chinese characters, ...
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Can traditional and simplified counterparts have different pronunciations?

Can traditional and simplified counterparts have different pronunciations? For example, 兄 [xiōng] (elder) brother becomes 儿 [ér], right?
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How to pronounce 的 in 所有的? [duplicate]

In particular, in the song 耶稣喜爱世上小孩, the second line 世上所有的小孩 sounds as though it were pronounced shìshàng suóyǒu dì xiǎohái. Is that correct? Thank you for your help; my ear for Chinese is not yet ...