Alternate way to pronounce or say 知道?


I'm watching a Chinese show with Chinese subtitles and noticed that a guy pronounced 知道 differently - maybe there is more than one colloquial way to say it? The subtitles said 知道, but he said some other words. I found 晓得 in Pleco but those weren't the words he spoke... To my ears it sounds like he says "gu ra" or something to that effect.

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Apr 7, 2019 3:44 PM
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Ihatov gave you a good answer the first time you asked this question, so I’ll just go into further detail. Note that I’m just a learner of Chinese like you are. Normally, 知道 is pronounced zhi1dao0 (with 道’s inherent fourth tone reduced to the neutral tone, except that southerners may pronounce both syllables with full tone), however, when preceded by another character in certain expressions, such as 不知道, it is the 知 that loses its inherent first tone and is pronounced as a neutral tone. When this happens, as Ihatov mentions, the initial ZH often gets reduced to R: bu4ri0dao4. Native speakers may deny it, but you only have to spend 10 minutes listening to authentic material to hear this common expression and confirm the usual pronunciation. A similar example of this common phonological feature is 多少钱. Officially duo1shao3qian2 (or duo1shao0qian2), more typically duo1rao0qian2.

April 14, 2019
明白 also means you understand it.
April 10, 2019
明白 also means you understand it.
April 10, 2019
Sorry, I'm trying to find it again 
April 7, 2019
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