how to pronounce shanghai


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the above transcription of shanghai is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

shanghai is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of shanghai in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… vision at the Shanghai World Expo and …”

meanings of shanghai


  1. To commandeer; appropriate; hijack.
  2. To abduct or coerce.
  3. To trick (a person) into entering a jurisdiction where they can lawfully be arrested.
  4. To force or trick (someone) into joining a ship as part of the crew.


  1. A type of long-legged chicken believed to be of Asian origin.
  2. A slingshot.
  3. A tall dandy.


  1. A direct-administered municipality, a major port city in eastern China, between Jiangsu and Zhejiang, comprising Shanghai proper and its suburbs.

shanghai frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word shanghai occurs in english on average 4.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics shanghai can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that shanghai can be often used in the following areas:

1) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to shanghai


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