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19:10 Mar 1, 2003
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Chinese term or phrase: Pronunciation of Chinese names
I need to know how to pronounce the Chinese names Zhang and Xie, particularly the sounds of "ZH" and "X". What are the closest approximations that can be found in the consonants used in English? Thank you very much.
Fuad Yahya
English translation:websites
Explanation:
zh is close to English j as in "Joe"
x is close to English sh as in "sheet"

Mandarin Pronunciation:
http://weber.ucsd.edu/~dkjordan/chin/pinyin1.html

Mandarin Chinese Phonetic Symbols- Initials
http://www.wellgot.ca/phonetic/initials.htm

Mandarin Chinese Phonetic Symbols- Finals
http://www.wellgot.ca/phonetic/finals.htm
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cting
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Thanks to all for helping me with the pronunciation. The approximation suggested here was most helpful.
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5 +1You got something very tough to start with.
Kevin Yang
4 +2websitescting
4Check the following webpages
Sylvain & Deyanira PROUT


  

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1 hr   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +1
You got something very tough to start with.


Explanation:
Fuad,

You got two tough ones to start with. Let me try to help you and see if you can do the trick. Note well: I cannot hear you saying them so I cannot tell if you got it correctly or not.

"Zh, Ch, Sh" are three tongue-curling sounds in Mandarin Chinese. To pronounce "Zh", you need to curl up your tongue and let the tip of your tongue touching the roof of your mouth and hold there. At this time, protrude and square up your lips, and let the upper and bottom tooth close together. Be sure NOT to clutch the tooth too tight, because you need to let a small amount of air to release between your tooth. If you hold your palm in front of your mouth about an inch, you should be able to feel the air coming out when you pronounce this sound. Now try to say 揨h

Kevin Yang
Local time: 06:09
Native speaker of: Native in ChineseChinese
PRO pts in pair: 343

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Kvasir: nice! i've forgotten all about the "tongue-curling" trip from my early mandarin classes i've taken eons ago.
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6 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
Check the following webpages


Explanation:
Salaam!

You can take a look to the following page http://www.swl.net/radiochina/chinese/fun-3.html. or look for other ones with the key words "learn chinese wav". "wav" is the sound format WinAmp.

Enjoy it!

Zai jian!

The Birdies (Xiao Niao)


Sylvain & Deyanira PROUT
Local time: 15:09
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish, Native in FrenchFrench
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6 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +2
websites


Explanation:
zh is close to English j as in "Joe"
x is close to English sh as in "sheet"

Mandarin Pronunciation:
http://weber.ucsd.edu/~dkjordan/chin/pinyin1.html

Mandarin Chinese Phonetic Symbols- Initials
http://www.wellgot.ca/phonetic/initials.htm

Mandarin Chinese Phonetic Symbols- Finals
http://www.wellgot.ca/phonetic/finals.htm


cting
PRO pts in pair: 31
Grading comment
Thanks to all for helping me with the pronunciation. The approximation suggested here was most helpful.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Scott Horne
6 hrs

neutral  #41698 (LSF): 'a' is not like can but aunt. Then there is the 4 intonations, flat, rising, fall&rise, falling depending on char and context.
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agree  Chinoise
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