Translate Chinese Character to Dialect pronounciation

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M77
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Translate Chinese Character to Dialect pronounciation

Postby M77 » Sun Jul 31, 2011 9:22 pm

Hi, can anyone share how would you spell the word "正 " in hokkien dialect?

Some possible words I can think of are "Jia" & "Zhia". I want to use it for my baby's name so don't want his name to be spelled or pronounced wrongly everytime.

niuc
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Re: Translate Chinese Character to Dialect pronounciation

Postby niuc » Mon Aug 01, 2011 7:39 pm

Hi M77

正 = Ciàⁿ/Tsiàⁿ (superscript 'n' indicates nasal vowel/diphtong) in colloquial reading/pronunciation and Cìng/Tsìng in literary reading. I think it's a bit hard to spell the nasal part to ensure correct pronunciation. However, usually for names, the literary reading is used and can be spelled as Ceng / Cheng / Tseng etc.


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