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Post time 2006-11-22 18:32:59 |Display all floors
English prononciation can be inconsistent. An oft quoted example  (often attributed to George Bernard Shaw) is the following:::::

Ghoti can be pronounced as Fish

If you pronounce the Gh:     as      F       (as in rough)
                               the  o        as      i         (as in women)
                               the   ti        as      sh      (as in nation)


you can pronounce ghoti (a word that doesn't actually exist)     as Fish!!

But then lots of foreigners think that 汉字 are really difficult, especially because so many are so similar to each other - at least at first signt! And ofcourse most Chinese say that english words are too long, while hanzi are so compact. Lots of websites in China seem to have numbers in them --- for example @126.com or @163.com, i guess because numbers are easier to remember than longer words in the roman alphabet. Is that the reason?

Anyway, best of luck with learning whatever language you wish to learn!

[ Last edited by waibeijing at 2006-11-22 06:35 PM ]

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Post time 2006-11-23 14:38:34 |Display all floors
Originally posted by waibeijing at 2006-11-22 18:32
English prononciation can be inconsistent. An oft quoted example  (often attributed to George Bernard Shaw) is the following:::::

Ghoti can be pronounced as Fish

If you pronoun ...


pls pronounce Rendevous!!!
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Post time 2006-11-23 21:04:58 |Display all floors
aha, but then rendevous comes from French.

And French pronounciation is even more illogical (or atleast so the British would say). Or more logical in that you don't pronounce a third of the letters!

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