how to pronounce mandarin


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the above transcription of mandarin 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.

mandarin frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word mandarin occurs in english on average 0.3 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.

mandarin is pronounced in three syllables

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example pitch curve for pronunciation of mandarin


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video examples of mandarin pronunciation

An example use of mandarin in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

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meanings of mandarin


  1. A pedantic or elitist bureaucrat.
  2. A small, sweet citrus fruit.
  3. An orange colour.
  4. A pedantic senior person of influence in academia or literary circles.
  5. A high government bureaucrat of the Chinese Empire.
  6. Standard Mandarin, an official language of China and Taiwan, and one of four official languages in Singapore; Putonghua, Guoyu or Huayu.
  7. Ellipsis of mandarin orange:.
  8. A branch of the Chinese languages, consisting of many dialects; Guanhua or Beifanghua.
  9. Ellipsis of mandarin duck.
  10. Tree of species Citrus reticulata.
  11. A senior civil servant.


  1. Pertaining to or reminiscent of mandarins; deliberately superior or complex; esoteric, highbrow, obscurantist.

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