Jump to content
Learn Chinese in China

Character 燕 - 多音字


Recommended Posts


I am wondering about the pronunciation of the character 燕. My dictionary gives this as yan1 and yan4. As a surname, I know that it is read yan1, but how about as a given name? I am assuming it is read yan4, but am not sure.

Example: 董燕妮 (a singer's name I came across when listening to music)

Usually I can look it up on Wikipedia, but this one is not popular enough!

Would a 燕 in someone's given name (almost) always be read in the same way or would it depend on the person?

Thank you in advance for your help!

Link to post
Share on other sites
Site Sponsors:
Pleco for iPhone / Android iPhone & Android Chinese dictionary: camera & hand- writing input, flashcards, audio.
Study Chinese in Kunming 1-1 classes, qualified teachers and unique teaching methods in the Spring City.
Learn Chinese Characters Learn 2289 Chinese Characters in 90 Days with a Unique Flash Card System.
Hacking Chinese Tips and strategies for how to learn Chinese more efficiently
Popup Chinese Translator Understand Chinese inside any Windows application, website or PDF.
Chinese Grammar Wiki All Chinese grammar, organised by level, all in one place.

Join the conversation

You can post now and select your username and password later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Click here to reply. Select text to quote.

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...