Posted 17 December 2015 - 15:56
it's two characters, so basically two syllables.
Bow (as in the front of a ship)
Er (her without the aspirated h / cur without the "c")
Both characters are third tone, so first falling and then rising - but that's a bit much to worry about.
In pinyin it's written as: bǎo ěr
I have some familiarity (and that's all it is -- familiarity) with Chinese, and your analysis is very close to what my guess was. The only difference is that I was pronouncing the second syllable as "air." I shall take your correction to heart every time I have an opportunity to say the name out loud, which in my social circles is quite rarely
Edit: I say it with a glottal stop, to make two distinct syllables -- is that correct?
Edited by DaveBj, 17 December 2015 - 15:59.
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