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Why is SHEN (what) in all the lessons pronounced as SHI ( 10)?

April 16, 2018


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什 has at least 2 different pronunciations:

什么 ( shén mē)
什锦 (shí jîn)

什 on its own 'should' be pronounced as "shí". ASFAIK 什 is only pronounced as "shen" in 什么,most other times should be "shi".


Thank you for your explanation bgrry, yeah it seems that this character can be pronounced in two ways.

Before the crowns, it seems to me that all the"shén " = "shén " and not " shí".

So, I'm very surprised to hear that. Thanks!

-> https://dictionary.hantrainerpro.com/chinese-english/translation-shen_what.htm


Note: This Chinese character can also be pronounced shí. However, with a different pronunciation, the meaning of the character will change as well (not yet available in this dictionary)."


I have the same problem in the third lesson(name).

你叫什么名字? Nǐ jiào shénme míngzì?

All "shén" are pronounced as "shi".

And there is a missing word with the words to click too. It's impossible to do the sentence. Solution for me, copy and paste the correct answer to move forward.

I wrote to the support.


I think you are mistaken. The n before m in words like zěnme 怎么 and shénme 什么 assimilates to the m. So, there is no [n] in the word.

Listen to this recording: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/transcoded/0/00/Zh-sh%C3%A9nme.ogg/Zh-sh%C3%A9nme.ogg.mp3


Well, say "I don't know" out loud. You committed the "t" in "don't", right? You only stopped the "n" sound, but you never fully said "te". It's the same way in Chinese.


Before the crowns, the pronunciation was good. Now, most of the time, it's not ok. "shén" is pronounced as "shi" in a lot of exercises(lesson 3,name, crown 3, 4, choices between other sounds(clicking)). Listen to the different exercises. The sentence(what's your name?) is ok but not the rest of the exercises(for the pronounciation of "shén"). Except if they have already corrected ....



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