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Why the pinyin of 鱼 is yú instead of ǘ?

Under the section Pronunciation of initials for the pinyin page on Wikipedia there is the following: Note on y and w Y and w are equivalent to the semivowel medials i, u, and ü (see ...
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Why would this insect pest poster in Taiwan have phonetic characters (Zhuyin) on every Chinese character?

Texts written for schoolchildren will be annotated with phonetic symbols. The last sentence indicates that this poster is made for schoolchildren: 如果發現了,趁著沒孵化之前通知老師來移除。 If any [eggs] are found, take ...
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The Taiwanese accent: are pairs "种,总", "四,是", "忘,万" pronounced EXACTLY the same?

The key to this question is which accent of Taiwan you're talking about. There is a large difference between Standard Taiwan Mandarin (標準台灣國語) and the various accents commonly found across Taiwan. ...
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Is the Ong sound absent from zhuyin?

There is a dedicated letter for -ong (ㆲ), however in Mandarin -ong is not phonemic, just an allophone of phonemic -ung (ㄨㄥ), and is spelled as such. Taiwanese, which does have the phonemic final -ong, ...
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Identify Mandarin word - "kiāng"

As can be gleaned from the fact that it is usually represented in Zhuyin, ㄎㄧㄤ is a bit of slang used primarily in Taiwan, especially among young people. ㄎ with ㄧ (or k + i in Pinyin) is not a ...
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Pronouncing pinyin "ing" (bopomofoㄧㄥ ) as /iŋ/ or /jəŋ/ e.g. in 冰

It really does not matter that much. They are more like free variants. For learners, there are probably many aspects of pronunciation needing attention that are much more important than this. On forvo....
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How is 儿化 represented in other romanization systems like Wade-Giles, Zhuyin Fuhao, etc.?

Specifically for Zhuyin Fuhao they add "ㄦ" as an erhua marker after the Zhuyin tone mark of the erhua-ized syllable e.g. 电影儿 is transcribed "ㄉㄧㄢˋㄧㄥˇㄦ". Usually this ㄦ is added with no tone mark (...
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Is ㄙㄨㄚˋ (sua4) for the character 嘴 from another Chinese dialect or language?

紲喙 (suà-tshuì) 合口味。 Palatable 形容東西合胃口、好吃,一口接一口,愈吃愈想吃。 The term describes that the food is so delicious that you want to eat more. 紲 is a substitute character (替代字) and means "continue". ...
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Tool which can convert web pages from Hanzi to either Pinyin or Zhuyin Fuhao

On Android you could try the "Pinyin Web Browser" app in the Play Store (free and no ads), or "Cantonese Web Browser" for Sidney Lau / Yale. Both apps print their romanisation with word-groupings, ...
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Why would this insect pest poster in Taiwan have phonetic characters (Zhuyin) on every Chinese character?

This is bopomofo. Taiwanese people use it instead of pinyin for transcription. They also use a bopomofo keyboard for typing on their phones. I'm travelling in Taiwan right now and I've seen it in ...
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Is the Ong sound absent from zhuyin?

I think the difference between the "ong" of Pinyin and the ㄨㄥ of Bopomofo comes from how you analyze the vowel system of Mandarin and what you consider an initial. Pinyin uses a five-vowel ...
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What is the historical development of IPA for Chinese spoken language?

Chinese ((lets say standard mandarin for specific reference, although concept of what I am about to say would apply to any of them)) has definitely had many many many different ways to romanize over ...
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Is the Ong sound absent from zhuyin?

ㄩㄥ is yong, ㄨㄥ is ong. What they should have done is create a distinct symbol for ong instead of using ㄥ for both eng and ong. If they had another unique symbol then this question wouldn’t exist. 翁 is ...
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Is the Ong sound absent from zhuyin?

I hope these examples can clarify your understanding of zhuyin's usage. Notice the relationship between initials and medials. ㄩㄥˋ  用  yong4 [jʊŋ] ㄒㄩㄥ  兄  xiong1 [ɕi̯ʊŋ] -ㄨㄥ -ong  ㄙㄨㄥ  松 song1 [...
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Typing zhuyin symbols (for phonetic annotation)

Since you're on Linux and using fcitx, you could try rime. It's highly customizable for all languages and input methods and many awesome published input methods are ready to use (link). In its default ...
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Zhuyin: Are both ㄧㄨㄥ and ㄩㄥ correct renderings of "yong"?

Duke University hosts a: Character Conversion Table that may be of good reference for you. ㄧㄨㄥ = yi + weng ㄩㄥ = yong I'd highly recommend not using yellowbridge.
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How do we distinguish a bopomofo symbol from a similar character?

You should recognise that bopomofo symbols are in fact symbols derived from Chinese characters, and the sounds the symbols represent are parts of the pronunciation of the original character. Most of ...
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How do we distinguish a bopomofo symbol from a similar character?

You are right, but in which context you have the need to distinguish them? In most places, Zhuyin is clearly marked to be so. In case sinograms and Zhuyin are mixed, they usually follow a pattern: ...
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How can I type bopomofo on Windows without converting to hanzi?

Use the default installed Chinese language pack (Chinese Traditional Taiwan Microsoft BoPoMo) When typing, try using the space bar, this works for characters that don't represent anything by ...
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Zhuyin (bopomofo) vs Pinyin

Q1. "Why are there two standards?" A1: According to Wikipedia (https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhuyin) , Zhuyin was the first phonetic system in use from 1911 after the xinhai revolution. ...
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Zhuyin IME setting to make tones optional

Rime IME's zhuyin allows toneless phrase input, just like pinyin. Unlike most pinyin IME's, however, it will require you to make some list selections and will not be as accurate -- I guess because its ...
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Zhuyin IME setting to make tones optional

This question was asked some time ago, and the answer still seems tricky to find. In Windows 8 this can be achieved without installing anything extra by going to the settings for the "Microsoft ...
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