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How do you pronounce Guangzhou?
« on: November 05, 2010, 08:13:05 AM »

I was under the impression it was Guang rhymes with swan and zhou was like joe. Dh's uncle is visiting, and he travels to China several times a year, and lived in Hong Kong for about 9 yrs. He corrected me and said the ending wasnt joe, but like j+owww? He has been there a number of times and even stayed at the White Swan, but I really didn't think that was the right pronunciation, help!
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Re: How do you pronounce Guangzhou?
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2010, 08:40:15 AM »

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Re: How do you pronounce Guangzhou?
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2010, 08:44:57 AM »

I am not a native speaker, but from what I have been studying, the way you describe the pronounciation is correct. That is, it's correct  in  Mandarin...

In Guangdong they speak Cantonese (or Guangdong hua!), and this probably makes the prounouciation of it different. So maybe your dh's uncle is referring to that way of saying it. I know a number of Chinese people, and a few are close friends, and I can safely say they all have different accents/pronounciations when they speak, so I dont' understand any of them..(ok, that may be due to my very limited Mandarin... Laugh)
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Re: How do you pronounce Guangzhou?
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2010, 09:17:07 AM »

The way you are saying it is right.....that is how everyone we met in China pronounced it.
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Re: How do you pronounce Guangzhou?
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2010, 08:51:20 PM »

We live in Guangzhou. I've never heard a Mandarin or Cantonese speaker pronounce it as an "oww" instead of an "oh". The only people I have heard do that are foreigners who speak no Chinese at all  Happy
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Re: How do you pronounce Guangzhou?
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2010, 07:24:06 AM »

Our exchange student is from Guangzhou -- he always refers to Guangzhou as "Canton"!

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Re: How do you pronounce Guangzhou?
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2010, 01:02:16 PM »

We meant with two Chinese ladies this weekend and they mentioned that Hong Kong has its own Chinese dialect that is a not the simplified Mandarin dialect. They said Hong Kong has a more complicated dialect. Maybe this is why your husband was pronouncing it different. My BIL  works closely with businessmen from Hong Kong and he also pronounces it the wrong way or to them I guess its the right way  .
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Re: How do you pronounce Guangzhou?
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2010, 12:34:26 PM »

There are hundred if not thousands of dialects in China. In HK they speak the Cantonese dialect (or Guangdong hua), on the main but also others too.

Mandarin was/is the Beijing dialect which, given that it's from the capital (and other reasons, no doubt) has become the language that everyone learns to speak at school, so in effect, everyone speaks Mandarin as well as their own local dialect.

'Simplified' refers to the characters of the Chinese language, which are the same for ALL dialects, hence people can communicate, if they don't speak Mandarin, and even if they don't speak the same dialect, because the written form is the same, irrespective of how it is pronounced. Characters were simplified 30 years ago or more for ease of learning, though the Chinese diaspora and Taiwan still use the full characters.

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