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With the G20 Summit just round the corner the world's attention will be focused on China, and we can expect more mispronunciation of Chinese names by foreign news anchors. For instance, Hangzhou is often mispronounced as 'hang'zhou  when it should be 'hung'zhou. And the Chinese surname He(her) is mispronounced as 'he' as in he/she.   What's unforgivable is that they even got President Xi's name wrong, pronouncing it as President 'she'.  To be fair,  Anand Naidoo of CCTV America's 'The Heat' program got most Chinese names right including Mr He.  Anand, as an Asian, is better at pronouncing Asian names than his Caucasian colleagues!  But with a bit of effort even the Caucasians can get it right.The crux of the problem is that foreign anchors read hanyu pinyin the English way.  While hanyu pinyin uses the English alphabet, its pronunciation is very different from English. This simple fact seems to have been missed by those foreign anchors.  If in doubt they should check it out instead of going on air and making funny pronunciations!  It is hoped that foreign anchors would get their act together this time round and everytime thereafter, in fairness to the Chinese people!  And here is a message for the Chinese who like to imitate the West right down to speaking Englidh with a fake American accent; it is a fallacy to think that the West is the best!  When Westerners can't even pronounce common Chinese names correctly, one must question the assumption that the West is the best!

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seneca Post time: 2016-8-27 18:00
How could Dog allow you to be born knowing you were going to make so many damn mistakes in your sh ...

Ok, whatever you call it, it is similar to those letters of the English alphabet, but pronounced differently from English!

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seneca Post time: 2016-8-27 18:01
"Pinyin" is Chinese written with Roman letters. When in China, do as the Romans did...

Good point, when speaking Chinese, do as the Chinese do, not as the Westerners do!

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