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Re: Huaxiagnathus orientalis

> "huaxia" would be something like "hwah-shyeh", but the *h* is rougher than
> English (technically speaking it's a uvular fricative),

...and the x has a fricative component, too. Let's see... s, sh and ch as in
Loch Ness at the same time. :-} More s than sh in some parts of China, vice
versa in others... yes, it is difficult. :-)

> and the "eh" sound is
> actually closer to the vowel in English "cat",

No, it's a normal ah. :-) You've described the a in "xian".