How to say the names of China's new leaders
I have an impulse to share this pleasingly straightforward piece from the BBC News website. Some pertinent content methinks.
SF_RachelNovember 17, 2012, 01:35 AM
Myself, I am simply tickled pink that the BBC has a "pronunciation unit."
Archive specifically of the pronunciations of said Pronunciation Unit (sounds so ... martial! Like they're issued sturdy boots upon joining up.) or simply archives of the Magazine Monitor? I would love to take a gander at the former, but all I see is the latter.
Ah yes, it seems I've been confusing the two, and that won't do. The Pronunciation Unit has a long and illustrious history though sadly I could find no information on the regulation footwear. Though lacking the eclectic whimsy I referred to earlier John Wells' Phonetic blog might be to the taste of Pronunciation Unit wannabees and language fiends.
Awesome, thanks for the links. I wondered if it was related to the old Shaw group for pronouncing English "properly," and so it is. In my youth somehow I encountered a great story about them. Shaw was (of course) arguing with the group about the proper pronunciation of "canine," himself advocating KAY 9 because that's how his dentist pronounced it. The others objecting that if so, surely his dentist must be an American, he replied, "Of course -- I still have all my teeth, don't I?"
I hope you can forgive me for finding a British teeth joke (perpetrated by an Irishman) amusing. I unreservedly concede that the justice of such humor is at least four decades past its expiration date.
呵呵, 没问题！I enjoyed the joke, reminded me of the first Austin Powers film, the first time I became aware of how Brits, (even of the sexy super-talented type) can be 'dentally challenged' compared to our trans-Atlantic cousins! Rock on! Oh and I so wish I had had an American dentist!