“X” and “SH” are not the same, Pam!
by John Pasden
22 May 2019
I enjoyed this:
“Meme artist” unknown, but I found the meme on the Chinese Language subreddit.
Obligatory educator nag: the “x” and “sh” sounds in pinyin are not the same sound, even if they may sound that way to you at first. Here are a few places you can go if you’re experiencing this confusion:
- Sinosplice: Chinese Pronunciation How To
- Sinosplice: X is the Unknown
- The Chinese Pronunciation Wiki on “x,” “q,” and “j” sounds
- Interactive Pinyin Chart with audio
John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.