posted by murrayjames on March 16, 2014 | 5 comments
Is 会 pronounced 会儿 huǐr in the North?

I know that 会 huì is standard, but sometimes I hear third tone (with 儿化音) in words like 一会、一时半会、等会 and so on.
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trevelyan on March 17, 2014 | reply
It's standard to erhuaize 会 when it refers to time (leaving off the erhaization sounds strange in those situations, and you should erhuaize when reading even if there is no 儿 in the text).

The third tone thing is a colloquial change that everyone up north does - I'm not sure if it holds in other parts of China, but you should definitely do it. I think we may have covered this in one of the shows.
murrayjames on March 17, 2014 | reply
Ah, yes. Thanks David.

624223084 on March 22, 2014 | reply
一会儿: both third and fourth tone are okay

一时半会儿: third tone

等会儿: fifth tone (light tone)