Chinese 101

There are a fairly large number of niggling exceptions to basic pronunciation ruels, based on the position of the sound. Some of the more notable ones include:


-ian 
as -ien, so 天安門 Tian'anmen is pronounced "Tien'anmen"


wu- 
as u-, so 五百 wubai is pronounced "ubai"
yi- 
as i-, so 一个 yige is pronounced "ige"
yü- 
as ü-, so 豫园 Yuyuan is pronounced "ü-üan"

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