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Pronunciation: 花儿乐队

Discussion in '中文+方言 (Chinese)' started by baosheng, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. baosheng Senior Member

    Canada, English

    Somebody sent me a song from the band 花儿乐队 a few days ago and I was curious as to how to pronounce the band's name.

    Is the first part, 花儿, read as one syllable? (huar1 = flower) or is it two syllables? (hua1er2 = flower children?... or perhaps: ['a style of folk song popular in Gansu, Qinghai and Ningxia', according to my dictionary] ?)

  2. xiaolijie

    xiaolijie MOD

    English (UK)
    I think it's more likely to be a style of folk song as your dictionary says. In that case, it should be pronounced as "hua1er2".
  3. zhg Senior Member

    It's a matter of personal peference. To my knowledge,the band is from Northern China,so maybe the one syllable version sounds more idiomatic.
  4. SuperXW Senior Member

    It doesn't matter too much whether you pronounce it "hua1er2" or "hua'er1".
    Since it's a band's name, considering to be more "formal", maybe more people prefer "hua1er2". But the band was based on Beijing, where people like the r-coloring a lot, so...it really doesn't matter.
    hua1 er2: formal style. Used in nursery rhymes etc.
    hua'er1: northern spoken style. Used in daily speeches where people prefer r-coloring.
    hua1: universal style. Used in daily speeches where people don't prefer r-coloring.
  5. irisjuly New Member

    yes, as a band name, the pronunciation is not formal, so that would be 2 syllable: hua1er2. and the meaning is flower.
    by the way, the explanation in your dictionary is just a name of TV SHOW which plays in Gansu, Qinghai n Ningxia, some like the show "
    American Idol" or "X factor"

    "American Idol" 或 "X factor"
  6. baosheng Senior Member

    Canada, English
    It looks like both pronunciation are used. This makes things easier (since both are correct :D)!

    Thank you, everyone, for your replies! (and even a bilingual reply too!)
  7. Youngfun

    Youngfun Senior Member

    Pekino, Ĉinujo
    Chinese/Italian - bilingual
    Interesting that so many people accept the pronunciation hua1er2. I thought the 儿 should be separated in pronunciation only when it means "son"...
  8. xiaolijie

    xiaolijie MOD

    English (UK)
    That is what I think it means in my earlier post: 儿 as in "儿童", and not as in 儿化.
  9. Youngfun

    Youngfun Senior Member

    Pekino, Ĉinujo
    Chinese/Italian - bilingual
  10. SuperXW Senior Member

  11. Skatinginbc

    Skatinginbc Senior Member

    Mandarin 國語
    It is a proper noun and therefore the "correct" pronunciation is how the members of the band call it. Based on a search of the Youtube clips, they called their own band "huar" (one syllable).
    [FONT=&amp]It is possible but unlikely as the English translation for the band name is “The Flowers”, not “Children of Flowers”. And the fact that they call their own band “huar” furthers diminishes the possibility of “children”.

    Last edited: Jan 30, 2013
  12. xiaolijie

    xiaolijie MOD

    English (UK)
    This is interesting and I'll definitely have a look, but according to a number of well-known dictionaries I've looked up, the pronunciation for this type of folk songs is huā'ér (2 syllables). You can see this pronunciation in the two online dictionaries listed on this page: http://www.nciku.com/search/zh/detail/花儿/120715

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