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"Please get ready for rival"

Beijing, China

Vowels are not given much consideration.  Consonents often come preloaded with a vowel sound. Children are not taught, 'b', 'p', 'm', 'f' but 'baw', 'paw', 'maw', 'faw'.  Ns come preloaded  with a leading 'i' so that a word spelled, 'tun' is pronounced, 'twin'.  What I heard on the bus: "Please get ready for rival". Turns out it was not an invitation to spar but lack of respect for the lowly first letter of our alphabet which, when preceding 'rival' helps us not miss our bus stop.

permalink written by  prrrrl on March 15, 2011 from Beijing, China
from the travel blog: Beijing 2011
tagged Chinese, Vowels, Consonents and Pronunciation

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