In the "lost interview" of Bruce Lee with Pierre Berton (1971) he says "Tai Chi Chuan" is Mandarin, but I don't fully get the Cantonese version when he tells it.

I hear "Tai te kuen" ... but I'm not sure at all.

  • Hanzi: 太極拳
  • Cantonese: taai3 gik6 kyun4 (Jyutping)
  • IPA: /tʰāːi. kìk̚. kʰy̭ːn/
  • IPA: /tʰaːi. kik̚. kʰyːn/ (without tone diacritics)

I'm cantonese
It's pronounced: Tai 'cake' kuen
Taichi chuen is mandarin

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    'cake' like 'kek' or 'kejk' ? – YesThatIsMyName Aug 26 '19 at 8:37
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    I'm not sure what is kejk but the "cake" ending sound of cake connects to the pronunciation of kuen – Kristina Lex Aug 27 '19 at 5:25

The site mdbg has audio of native Mandarin and Cantonese speakers. See the entry for taijiquan. You need to click on the characters for taijiquan as below in the screenshot to access the audio, which is circled for Cantonese in red.


Unfortunately, the middle word is missing Cantonese audio.

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