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You can try to pronounce English sound "sh" (ship without p), and try to move the front part of your tongue forward to your bottom teeth and flat it horizontally.


There is a way for distinction: intonation As stated by the OP, the meaning is clear once we know whether the sentence is declarative or a question. The key point about identifying the sentence type in a conversation, other than the context, is intonation. Example: I asked a friend who is a native speaker of mandarin (from Shanghai) to pronounce the ...

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