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Surname Surprises

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ID: QW0344 Elementary
Qing Wen discusses more 多音字 (duōyīnzì), characters that have more than one pronunciation, in this episode. This time, all of these characters are pronounced differently when used as surnames.
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今天的多音字有一个特点。它是在做姓氏的时候,读音不一样。
jīntiān de duōyīnzì yǒu yī gè tèdiǎn 。tā shì zài zuò xìngshì de shíhou ,dúyīn bù yīyàng 。
Today's polyphonic characters have a special characteristic. It's that when they are used as a surname, they are pronounced differently.
单,单
dān ,shàn
single, only (dān); a surname (Shàn)
单独,单词,孤单
dāndú ,dāncí ,gūdān
single, word, alone
解,解
jiě ,xiè
to untie (jiě); a surname (Xiè)
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