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Old 07-28-2017, 02:35 AM
 
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Yeah, I find the French pronunciation much simpler and less complicated.

Back to the OP's topic, here are some examples I found online:

行 ~ can be pronounced in 5 different ways, depending on the context.
xng, hng, xng, hng, hng

缪 ~ can pronounced as
mu, jiū, liǎo, mio, mi, m
In fact 行 only has two common pronunciations, corresponding to two sets of meanings. The others are archaic and 99.99% native speakers never heard of them.

缪 only has one common pronunciation. I have never heard of the others. This character is hardly used to begin with.
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Old 07-28-2017, 09:20 AM
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NO, it is not worse. all these are pronounced alike, but they are ALWAYS alike, no surprise. So when you see them, you know exactly how to read (not the other way around though).

In English, the same letter/combination can be pronounced in many ways. How many pronunciation can "a" take? 6? 7? In French, there is 1. And "ough"?

English is FAR WORSE in that respect.


I can think of multiple instances in which a is pronounced differently in French. The a preceding and following the b in bouillabaisse are pronounced differently, for example. A with circumflex, a with grave. Sure there may be more signals in French but its incorrect to say there is only one way to pronounce a in French. Even different accents within France itself have variations on the a.
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Old 07-28-2017, 07:20 PM
 
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If you do not read the classics and are not curious of the rhyming couplets, then you can selectively mute out what is irrelevant to you.

Ever been scammed when traveling in Asia 'cause you cannot read the weight and the prices at the goldsmiths and jewelry stores?
Chinese numerals may be archaic to some, but still in use in some business establishments.
Here is a menu compete with pricing hanging on a restaurant wall:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CpP0j2xUsAANTC0.jpg
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Old 07-28-2017, 07:23 PM
 
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If you do not read the classics and are not curious of the rhyming couplets, then you can selectively mute out what is irrelevant to you.

Ever been scammed when traveling in Asia 'cause you cannot read the weight and the prices at the goldsmiths and jewelry stores?
Chinese numerals may be archaic to some, but still in use in some business establishments.
Here is a menu compete with pricing hanging on a restaurant wall:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CpP0j2xUsAANTC0.jpg
It's practically a tradition in some Chinese establishments to rip off Foreigners. I was once there - with a Chinese friend and he was told to stop trying to hog the foreigner all to himself. I have been cheated so many times I can now read the body language when someone is pulling a fast one.
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Old 08-02-2017, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Sandpoint, Idaho
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What is your opinion on Chinese characters? To be truly fluent, one must be familiar with over a thousand characters. Besides they leave room to ambiguity.

Some can be really more difficult to write such as:

"flourish" (zheng):



"biang" (a kind of noodle):



"taito" ("the appearance of a dragon in flight"):



The number of characters is truly large...


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_character
I love them. Once learned they are much harder to forget! They are also beautiful and slow things down--a good thing.
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