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    Pronunciation: 芝麻糊

    Hello/大家好,

    I have a question about the pronunciation of "black sesame paste" 芝麻糊 (used for 汤圆, etc) in Chinese. The dictionary I consulted just now has the definition of "paste" for both the pronunciations hu2 and hu4. Which pronunciation would be more proper/common here?

    Thanks in advance/谢谢!
    Last edited by baosheng; 18th February 2013 at 5:49 AM.

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    Re: black sesame paste - 芝麻糊 - 读音

    This is how I pronounce it: zhi 1, ma (輕聲), hu 2.
    Hu2 ==> noun (e.g., 漿糊), adjective (e.g., 模糊), adverb (e.g., 煮糊了), verb (e.g., 裱糊)--All those uses have something to do with "paste" or "paste-like" conditions.
    Hu4 ==> verb (e.g., 糊弄 "to deceive, to fool").
    I'm not sure if my pronunciation is the "proper" one.
    Last edited by Skatinginbc; 18th February 2013 at 9:31 AM.

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    Re: black sesame paste - 芝麻糊 - 读音

    I also say hu2 in 芝麻糊. (Though in 浆糊,模糊 I often use 轻声.)

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    Re: black sesame paste - 芝麻糊 - 读音

    Thank you both for your replies! I think hu2 must be the correct one. (CEDict contains the odd error sometimes... I'm pretty sure "paste" should only be for the hu2 pronunciation, and not hu4)

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