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Re: OFF: More Pinyin reform...

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 29, 2000, 0:19

> You're on your own web-wise. How about /maU-CioN/? > Of course, to keep it interesting, you can go mainland and say "xiongmao" > /CioN-maU/. This is just one of those fun words (like 'tomato') where no > matter *what* you say, the native will tell you they use the alternate > pronunciation or a different word. "panda", "potato", "tomato", and "peanut" > spring readily to mind. Face it, *you* *can* *not* *win*.
You mean that "tomato" and "potato" have alternative pronunciations in Chinese? If so, we now know how to translate "Let's call the whole thing off!". -- Schlingt dreifach einen Kreis vom dies! || John Cowan <jcowan@...> Schliesst euer Aug vor heiliger Schau, || Denn er genoss vom Honig-Tau, || Und trank die Milch vom Paradies. -- Coleridge (tr. Politzer)