From: Marco Cimarosti (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon May 19 2003 - 12:36:14 EDT
Andrew C. West wrote:
> Annoyingly, in Britain at least, all the newsreaders insist
> on pronouncing Beijing as "Beizhing" (with a soft j as in
> French), when they would pronounce it [tolerably] correctly
> if only they read Beijing as if it were an English word.
And, curiously, if they would read it as per the traditional spelling
"Peking", they would perhaps have an even closer pronunciation: Pinyin "b"
is [p], the "i" element in the "ei" diphtong is very faint, and [k] is as
good a pronunciation for "q" as it is [ts] or [tʃ] (but much better than [ʒ]
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