how to pronounce 宝宝?

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how to pronounce 宝宝?

Postby blueblue » Wed May 26, 2010 3:41 pm

hi can any1 help me here? how to pronounce it?

We always pronounce it as 宝宝 [bǎo bao] but Berries taught as bǎo bǎo. What is the actual pronunciation?

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Re: how to pronounce 宝宝?

Postby verykiasu2010 » Wed May 26, 2010 4:08 pm

blueblue wrote:hi can any1 help me here? how to pronounce it?

We always pronounce it as 宝宝 [bǎo bao] but Berries taught as bǎo bǎo. What is the actual pronunciation?



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Postby blueblue » Wed May 26, 2010 4:11 pm

thks for posting the link :)

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Postby mum05 » Thu May 27, 2010 9:51 am

just chanced upon this thread, very interesting...so, if gg by the url link provided abv, it shld be 'bao(3)' which is correct, meaning 'treasure'. in this case, hv we been wrong to say 'bao(3) bao(1)' when describing a 'baby'?

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Postby cmm » Thu May 27, 2010 10:10 am

It should be 第三声 for the first 宝 and 轻声 for the second 宝. Just like 妈妈, 姐姐,公公, etc... the second word is always 轻声 regardless which 声 the first word was.

Hope this helps...

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Postby mum05 » Thu May 27, 2010 1:32 pm

thks for responding, cmm.

oh, perhaps I wasn't clear enuf, :oops:

what I actually meant was, when I went to the URL link provided abv, I saw only 1 tonation for this character. There are many chinese characters which can be read in different 'tone' and when I see that the link only provided 1, I automatically assumed that it has only 1 tonation for this character and if so, then bao bao - baby, wld deemed to be incorrect liao lor? hahaha... hmm, perhaps i shld try the link with other characters and see if they all come out in only just 1 tonation and if so, then my doubts'd be cleared. :)

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Postby cmm » Thu May 27, 2010 6:14 pm

Under normal circumstances, 宝 should be pronounced bao(3). When it is used together as in 宝宝 (baby), it should be pronounced as bao(3) bao, with no intonation for the second 宝 to indicated 轻声.

Indeed, 宝 in 轻声 sounds like 第一声, just in a "lighter" tone, if you get what I mean... :D

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Postby blueblue » Sun May 30, 2010 11:30 pm

then I am really confused. :?

Berries have this e-learning website and they pronounced it as bǎo bǎo. I am afraid my ds will be confused.

Like what cmm has mentioned, I still remember I was taught with no intonation for second character.

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Postby blueblue » Sun May 30, 2010 11:47 pm

I just went into the website again. This is interesting. I looked up for words like 妈妈, 姐姐,公公 etc.

They are pronounced correctly. (second character with no intonation)

Wonder how come in this case of 宝宝, they actually pronounced it as bǎo bǎo.

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Postby verykiasu2010 » Mon May 31, 2010 2:12 am

blueblue wrote:I just went into the website again. This is interesting. I looked up for words like 妈妈, 姐姐,公公 etc.

They are pronounced correctly. (second character with no intonation)

Wonder how come in this case of 宝宝, they actually pronounced it as bǎo bǎo.


may be they forgot to include in their programming that this case is also with no intonation

computerised learning tools are also relying on human input or lack there of
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