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Localizing Your Vocabulary for Chinese Dialects

Apply emphasis markers to your pronunciation tips to assist Siri with Chinese dialects.

Overview

For specific localizations, additional rules apply when specify values for the VocabularyItemPronunciation key:

  • zh_CN: China Mandarin localization:

    • Tones are represented using the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Use the number 5 for the neutral tone. Place tones at the end of the Pinyin representation of each character. For example, ping2 guo3.

    • You can replace the special character ü in Pinyin with yu. For example, would become nyu.

  • zh_TW: Taiwan Mandarin localization:

    • Tones are represented using the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Use the number 5 for the neutral tone. Place tones at the end of the Pinyin representation of each character. For example, 蘇打綠 becomes su1 da3 lyu4.

  • zh_HK: Hong Kong Cantonese localization:

    • Use the Jyutping 粤语拼音 (粤拼) romanization system for Cantonese.

    • Tones are represented using the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Place tone numbers at the end of the Jyutping. For example, 的士 becomes dik1 si2, and 短訊 becomes dyun2 seon2.