2016-09-22, 02:43 PM (ISO 8601)
Re: Silly Childhood Misconceptions on Fantasy Elements?
They are different. The difference may sound subtle to non-Chinese speakers, but it is distinct. Shao is pronounced pretty much as it looks, "show" which rhymes with "now". Xiao has the extra "ee" sound before the "ow", like "sheeow" (still rhymes with "now).
Originally Posted by Segev
That's not even getting into the different tonalities and contexts which distinguish different words that are Romanized exactly the same.