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In a message dated 1/21/2007 5:48:18 PM Central Standard Time, [log in to unmask] 
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> > 3. Pronounce it Englishly, butwith some exoticisation [beIZIN]
> 
> Ugh. Now if I were speaking French or Portuguese that would make sense, 
> but English has a perfectly good /dZ/ sound, and /Z/ might be mistaken 
> for Chinese /r/. I don't expect reporters to know how Chinese /r/ is 
> pronounced, but someone has got to let them hear a recording of how a 
> native Chinese speaker pronounces Beijing (hint: they won't hear 
> anything like a /Z/ in it).
> 

But I hear it that way on the radio and TV a lot, and it makes me cringe.

stevo