I came across an interesting quirk in the way Taiwanese pronounce the letter D in the English alphabet today. Apparently, to distinguish between the pronunciation of ‘B’ and ‘D’, the letter ‘D’ will often be pronounced ‘zhū’. That is, the same pronunciation as 豬 for pig.
Somehow this has slipped me by during my time here. I’ve heard people pronounce ‘C’ as 西 (xī) and ‘G’ sometimes as 居 (jū) but this is the first time I’ve heard of this pronunciation of D. So if you hear ‘zhū’ while someone is spelling a word now you’ll now it’s a D.
If you’ve heard of this trend outside of Taiwan, or heard of any other interesting habits of alphabet pronunciation then post ’em below!
Update: Thanks to James Hill on Twitter for pointing this out:
豬 is pronounced ‘di’ in Taiwanese, so when people say ‘zhu’ in place of D it’s understood that they are referring to ‘di’, and in turn the English ‘D’ 🙂
— James Hill (@jameshilltaiwan) July 6, 2015