唐人社区-北美华人论坛-外国人在中国版-音乐 Pronunciation: yin yue or ying yue?|
So my listening skills are decent, and I can easily distinguish between most phonemes in Chinese, but this one has been bothering me for a while. I'll use 音乐 as an example.
The pinyin says to pronounce it "yin yue", but every audio sample I've ever heard sounds like the speaker is pronouncing it "ying yue". This is true for a handful of other examples I've come across (in which pinyin says "-in" but audio sounds like "-ing"). As far as I can tell, the main difference between the two is that when vocalizing "-ing", you close your wind pipe and produce a more nasally sound than when vocalizing "-in" (done with an open wind pipe). Both have a long "e"sound, but the quality is noticeably different.
Is this a sandhi/pesky rule exception that says "yin" is pronounced "ying" in 音乐? Or is this a matter of some dialects pronouncing it "yin" and some pronouncing it "ying"? If so, which is more standard or popular?