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murrayjames

pronunciation of 削

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他就拿镰刀下一块来

 

In this sentence, should 削 be pronounced xuē or xiāo?

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Tomsima

xiāo would be more normal from my experience, but xuē isn't wrong. If your 'should' relates to what is the correct standard pronounciation, I would presume xuē, as it is more literary. That being said, this sentence is pretty colloquial, so I would still go for xiāo.

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Shelley

My understanding is xiāo is used on the mainland while xuē is used in Taiwan.  I could be wrong though.:-?

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Dlezcano

I will quote what is written in the definition of my 现代汉语规范词典

 

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xuē是文读。xiāo是白读, 口语中可单指用刀去掉物体外皮, 如“削苹果”; 打乒乓球“削球”的“削”是一种比喻义, 也读xiāo。

 

I would choose xuē

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Dlezcano

Sorry I do not know how to edit posts. I meant I would choose xiāo, not x

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Tomsima

ordered this dish for years and have never heard it called daoxuemian either

 

interestingly it's pronounced dao 'xio' mian in where i am in Hubei, which seems to nicely hit the mid point between xiao and xue

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