Is the pronunciation of 시 same as "x" as in Mandarin ? It's sound similar to me, but I'm not sure if they are exactly the same. Do they have the same tongue position and mouth shape, having the same sound ?
- Mandarin 「細」 (Pinyin: xì), Toneless IPA: /ɕi/ (audio sample)
- Korean (Seoul) 「시」, IPA: /ɕʰi/ (audio sample)
The difference between the two is that in Korean, at least in the Seoul standard, 「시」 is supposed to be pronounced with an aspiration, although I confess I can't really hear the difference.