Desmond Posted November 10, 2005 at 07:46 AM Report Share Posted November 10, 2005 at 07:46 AM I wouldn't say that pronouncing "shi" as "si" is lazy... it's just custom. If everyone around you is pronouncing it like "si" then why would you do otherwise? Like in English, you could say "I don't know" but most people around you just say "I dunno". It's quicker and easier, and so on most occasions, it's not even necessary to say it slowly and clearly (unless you're up giving a business presentation or something). This brings up Taiwan's situation... how the mainlanders went (read: fled) to Taiwan and forced the locals to learn Mandarin. They took to it, but similar to the southern China accent, say their "shi" sounds as "si". The children of the mainlanders had two options: pronounce mandarin the way their parents do (shi) or as everyone else does (si). In English, do you know of any kids of British parents in Canada or America who grow up here and still speak with a British accent? I don't.... they all adopt the accent around them, or else it just seems kinda odd. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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