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How to differentiate between -in and -ing final sounds in spoken Mandarin

Is there a way to distinguish between someone saying the -in and -ing sounds in (particularly Taiwanese) Mandarin speech? Especially casual, rapid speech where those finals are sandwiched in between ...
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What is the difference of head-stressed and final-stressed pronunciations for words for relatives?

It seems like, at least in Taiwan, most words for relatives can alternatively also be stressed on the second syllable instead of on the first: So ayí instead of āyí, mamá instead of māma, meiméi or ...
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How do you find an octave that works for speaking

I recently started self-studying Mandarin. Most of the spoken resources available to me use female voices and when I try to imitate their pronunciation and tones I speak in a much higher voice than ...
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Chinese speaking and vocabulary [duplicate]

大家好 Can anybody help with recourses that I can make my speaking and vocabulary better? Is there anybooks that can help me?
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Is there statistics on the frequency of individual pinyin syllables in real texts?

I'm interested in the frequency of pinyin syllables (both when including tones and toneless). This implies the usage in real text, weighted by the occurrences in the corpus, not by parsing a ...
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jiu3 pronounced as jiu4 ; linked speech feature or slip of the tongue?

Here is the intonation that is recorded in an instructional video for the clause 我已经很久都不过中秋节了 (wǒ yǐjīng hěn jiǔ dōu bú guò zhōngqiūjié le). 久 is very prominently pronounced with a descending ...
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What is the proper way of saying "if" in Cantonese?

I know in Mandarin, it is easy to say something like "if" by using a statement akin to this: 如果我要去北京的話,我就用飛機。 When I looked up the word "if" in Cantonese, my dictionary brought ...
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What is the man saying in this Cantonese cartoon?

I started watching Old Master Q today and came across this scene where they try to get an interview, but I couldn't quite understand what was being said here: https://youtu.be/OR8nxtw8GjY?t=502 ...
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What do people in Hong Kong say when you are approaching a counter to buy something?

I've often found myself at the typical 7/11 waiting in line to ring out, and almost every time the cashier will say something right before I am to purchase. It sounds something like "lao wei"...
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梨 (lí) vs 离 (lí)

How do I differentiate between "pear - 梨 (lí)" and “to leave - 离 (lí)”? They both sound exactly the same, so do I just follow the sentence to see which it is? Or is there another way to ...
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Do dialogues like 那是四本什麼書? 那是四本國語書 sound normal or awkward?

I got the following simple Chinese dialog between a mother and her daughter. 甲:這是什麼? 乙:這是一枝毛筆。 甲:這是一枝什麼筆? 乙:這是一枝毛筆。 甲:那是本什麼書。 乙:那是本中文書。 甲:那枝是什麼筆? 乙:那枝是本毛筆。 乙:那四本是中文書。 In the dialog, the locations of ...
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audio version of Analects

I'm currently learning classical Chinese, and was wondering if somewhere online there were spoken versions of works like the Analects (obviously in Chinese.) A version where it is easy to find the ...
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In the song 酒干倘卖无 why is the last word spoken with an initial "M" sound?

I have been listening to the song many times now, particularly this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_dcoBSYnCc The last word of 酒干倘卖无 should be spoken with a "W" initial but what I can ...
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Can I call my game 三棋 Sān Qí?

I have created a board game based on the epic 'Three Kingdoms' by Luo Guanzhong. I can't call it 'Three Kingdoms' because there are too many games called that. I want to call it Sān Qí 三棋 because it ...
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Why is speaking 书面语 ("written language") a problem?

Like a lot of HSKers, I've spent a lot of time learning from textbooks, and as a result, I sometimes unwittingly use 书面语 in my oral Chinese. A recent example is where I used 崭新, and was told this is ...
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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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can I get help with the concept of "balance" in chinese writing/speech?

Sorry about the broad title, but I am a newish Chinese student (just finished HSK1) and there's a concept that continually appears in my classes that I can't grasp. Basically, there are lots of ...
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How do natives pronounce the 2nd tone in regular conversation? (Pitch levels: 35, 33, or 434?)

In the thread Do tones change at the end of an interrogative sentence? , one of the answers asserts: SCALE KEY: 1 (low) to 5 (high). So 55 is a high level tone, 51 is a falling tone, 35 is rising, ...
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What do new Chinese speakers sound like to native Chinese speakers?

Often when I hear Asians speaking English, it is quite easy to tell if it is their first or second language. Their pronunciation of certain words and sounds such as the hard r's and hard and soft t's ...
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Would an ancient chinese be able to understand today's language?

In the movie "The Mummy: Tomb of the dragon emperor", an ancient chinese emperor is resurrected in 1946, and he wants to take over the world. The emperor in the film is the Dragon Emperor, ...
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What is 'hea' (in Cantonese conversations)?

I have been seeing this word 'hea' in YouTube transcriptions involving 'relaxing' or travelling. What is the original word and how has it evolved to 'hea'? (I know it must sound similar to anglicised '...
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What does 你就是个托 mean, which 文佳佳 yells at Frank in the movie 北京遇上西雅图 (Finding Mr. Right)?

In the movie 北京遇上西雅图 (~13m45s), after not immediately getting her way about her room 文佳佳 yells at Frank who is helping her with her luggage: (Alternative image link.) 你就是个托 我算是看清楚了 It means "...
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In the movie 北京遇上西雅图 (Finding Mr. Right), what does 文佳佳 mean when she yells “像话么,你”?

In the movie 北京遇上西雅图 (~6m), the protagonist 文佳佳 yells at the driver for being late. She rants: 我是花钱买服务的,我整整坐了12个小时的飞机,我需要休息。你知道吗?小心点,这箱子很贵啊!你赔不起,我告诉你。我告诉你 我要投诉你们,你看别人都拿着个牌子举着等人。早早地就来了,你倒好,恨不得。干脆这样吧。...
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Are there Chinese spoken language games? (like Ubbi Dubbi)

Ubbi dubbi is a language game spoken with the English language. It was popularized by the 1972-1978 PBS children's show Zoom. ... Ubbi dubbi works by adding -ub- /ʌb/ before each vowel sound in a ...
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How should I understand the absence of conjunctions in 流行音乐歌唱的大都是男女爱情、歌词贴近生活、通俗易懂、易于传唱、受到欢迎、不足为怪?

In the Coursera HSK6 course, week 5 lesson 22, part of the spoken 短文 is: 流行音乐歌唱的大都是男女爱情、歌词贴近生活、通俗易懂、易于传唱、受到欢迎、不足为怪。 [My translation]: The majority of pop music songs are male-female romance, lyrics ...
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不要说话 vs 不说话 (vs 别说话)

Currently on DuoLingo, and got this sentence: 我们看电影的时候请不要说话 which means: Please don't talk when we watch movies. My question: is the 要 strictly necessary here? Google translate actually gives a ...
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How to pronounce 學 "shwehh", "shoo-ehh", or "xüüehh"?

According to pinyin pronunciation guides, 學 should be pronounced x + ü + e with a rising tone. This should verbally sound something like 1) a shh- with tip of tongue close to your bottom teeth ...
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When can nouns be used as verbs?

I’ve heard quite a few people from Mainland China say something like this: 每个周末我都会和我的父母一起视频。 I video call my parents every weekend. Now, 视频 just means “video”, which means it is a noun. The ...
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What does 我知道 and 应该的 mean in this dialogue?

There's this dialogue here: (3:20) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yelfxueMlvc 请问,洗手间在哪里? 洗手间?在那边。在那里的右手边。 哦,好。我知道。谢谢. 不客气,应该的。 So... "我知道" certainly doesn't mean "I know" here. ...
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When speaking, how would one say "cannot study"? E.g. 不能学习 or 学习不了 or 无法学习

Recently, I've been turning my Chinese learning towards speaking and listening, rather than reading and writing. Now, I might say "cannot study" in a few ways: 不能学习 学习不了 无法学习 The sentence I have in ...
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"easily fooled" in Chinese(slang)

例如, 一个人无论如何也学不会1+1=2怎么计算的时候可以说: 那个人智商 (真是) 低的发指, 怎么教都教不会. 问题: 汉语中有类似的句子描述一个人很容易上当受骗吗? 句型: 这么简单的骗术你都信, 你 (真是) XXX. XXX中不能有人身攻击, 必须切实到被描述者的真实情况. 在上面句子中"那个人智商 (真是) 低的发指, 怎么教都教不会"前半句"客观"的描述了后半句的起因, ...
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Accent on "dou1" (all) after a subject

Let's take into consideration these examples: Ta1 men dou1 bu4 xi3 huan1 wo3. They all dislike me. Zhong1 guo2 de cheng2 shi4 dou1 hen3 da4. All the Chinese cities are big. To my European brain "...
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Are the "h" in pinyin always pronounced as "[x]" in IPA?

Chinese (Mandarin) use [x] to pronounce h sound. It does not have any sounds such as [h] and [ɸ]. However, I'm not sure if it is fine to assume that all the h in pinyin are pronounced as [x]. ...
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Help with tones?

Before I jump into the question, a bit of context for my situation: I'm in Mandarin 1 currently in HS, about 7 months in from the beginning of the school year, and I'm having some problems. According ...
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Curious about different ways of swearing in Mandarin

I'm not sure if this is considered an appropriate conversation or question but I've had conversations with Cantonese speakers before who've mentioned that it's so easy to swear in Cantonese, but there ...
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Where can I find a collection of samples of Mandarin spoken words, annotated with pinyin and tones?

I recently built the following app that lets you listen to a Chinese word and asks tests your tone hearing ability: https://tones.strokes.ovh/ I'd like to extend it, but in order to get there I need ...
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Does pronouncing every word accurately make you sound less like a native speaker?

There are words that many natives Chinese speakers mispronounce. In speaking, if one always pronounces every word correctly (and I believe he/she should), does it make him/her less like a native ...
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Why native speakers always say "一块钱" and write "一元钱 "instead of "壹圆钱"?

The 1 RMB notes has the Chinese word "壹圆". In spoken Chinese, I hear many native speakers say "一块钱" instead of "壹圆钱"。In written Chinese, I have seen "一元钱" more than "壹圆钱". My questions: In spoken ...
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Does reading Chinese sentences improve my speaking?

If I do not have anyone to practice speaking with, will reading Mandarin help me speak Mandarin?
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Chinese Speaking Gps Tracker For My Dog, please help to translate

I bought a new Chinese GPS tracker for my dog online on eBay I have some problem to configure it because I can't track it, I followed all the instruction in English but I can't figure out what is ...
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How is a speaker introduced at a Chinese mathematics conference?

I'm aiming to give a mathematics presentation at a conference next month (第八届全国组合数学与图论大会; URL). Assuming everything goes to plan, this will be my first conference talk in Chinese (a 15-minute ...
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Understanding how to pronounce the “er” at end of words

I know how to pronounce stuff like: 玩儿 : war 哪儿 : nar 男孩儿: nan har But I recently came across 小偷儿. How would you pronounce that? Would it just sound like “xiao tour” like the English word “tour”?...
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Is there any way to make a Chinese speech transcribed to written format?

Here is my situation: I have learned Mandarin mostly from reading news articles and chatting with friends, as well as reading a grammar book and memorizing vocabulary. That makes only my reading and ...
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Is 如果我们,所有的学生,没有我们的中文老师,我们就永远不能站起来在听众前面说中文 grammatical and does it makes sense?

English: If we, all the students, never had our teachers, we would never be able to stand and speak Chinese in front of an audience. My variation in Chinese: 如果我们,所有的学生,没有我们的中文老师,...
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几 in declarative and interrogative sentence

几 has two meanings: "several" and "how many?" But I have no clear understanding of separation one from another. E.g.: 后面有几个人笑起来了. - declarative 你家有几口人? - interrogative I know ...
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Tone contours along diphthongs [closed]

I'd like to know as much as possible about how tone contours (T2, T3, T4) are distributed along Mandarin/standard rhyme diphthongs, especially ai ei ao ou, with references to academic articles if ...
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When is a degree required? or: hai6 vs hou2 vs gei

I am trying to learn Cantonese. I want to be able to say (speak, not write) after a meal: I am full. Which I could translate directory to: Ngo5 hai6 baau2 But, my local (student in HK) ...
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What is @ ("at") called when giving an email address over the phone?

What is "@" "at" called when giving an email over the phone? Is it different in different regions? I have heard it as "XiaoLong ..." or something similar to that in Taiwan, but not sure what exactly ...
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How is 眷顾 used in spoken Chinese?

I've encountered 眷顾 on several occasions but I am not sure how to distinguish it from 照顾 in terms of usage. I have seen an example sentence of 上帝眷顾我们的事业, so is 眷顾 usually used with God and deities?
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Website about talk /speech in Chinese

What's the website to watch about talk /speech in Chinese, like TEDx ? What's the keyword to type to find video people do presentation in Chinese in youtube ?
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