I have heard ㄘ is pronounced like 'ts' in cats, however, when hearing a few natives in sounds less like an actual s and more like a very strong exhalation of air. I'm not sure which one I should be aiming for, the difference may be subtle but actually has a pronounced impact on how it sounds overall. I'm sure natives would be even more aware if these subtleties than I, so I want to get it exactly right. Any help in clarifying which is correct would be most appreciated. Thanks for your time.
Requiescat wrote:So 'ts' is standard Mandarin? I don't know where the natives are from. I'm aware of dialects and also the fact that not everyone speaks well, so I like to query all these things. I must say though that I do like the Beijing dialect in particular, but if 'ts' with an actual 's' is standard I'll work on that redgardless.
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