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Some right pronunciation for basic mandarin hope helps ! :)

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Some right pronunciation for basic mandarin hope helps ! :)

Hi everyone

Just to correct the pronunciation of the washroom. SInce i read somewhere that the chinese people are not impressed with the pronunciation. It'll also helps travellers too.

toilets : ce suo ( pronouncing the " u " first sound very differently from sou as in "o" first, " sou " becomes hand ! !) 厕所

toilet paper : ce zi or ce suo zi ( zi = paper )

where : na li ?

hello : ni hao

I'm : wo

sorry : duibuqi

thank u : xie xie

i dont understand : wo ting bu dong

dont want : bu yao

too expensive : tai gui

cheaper ? : pian yi dian ?

can or not : ke yi ma ?

is that ok ? : xing bu xing ?

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1. Re: Some right pronunciation for basic mandarin hope helps ! :)

The only way to learn pronounciation mandarin is to have someone teach you. You cannot learn by reading it. Tones are very important and hard to master. The wrong tone will have a different meaning.for example, to buy is "mai" while to sell is "mai". Sounds the same, right? Just diferent tones.

Since you are in Singapore, you can easily find a Chinse person there to help you.

Otherwise, you can stick to english. In four years in China I never had to ask for the toilets. The signs are pretty obvious.

Actually, the three expressions that are useful are. Ni hao, xie xie and bu yao. Even mispronounced, people will get it.

Edited: 13 May 2011, 07:18
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2. Re: Some right pronunciation for basic mandarin hope helps ! :)

JP is right. It's not possible to learn it by writing. Try this website:

http://www.nciku.com/

Input the English words, use the English to Chinese dictionary, and press the pronounce button. You'll hear the word(s) spoken.

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