When I started taking Chinese years ago, my teachers and textbooks all told me to pronounce the character 谁 "shei." This spring, I was speaking to a visiting Chinese professor from Dalian who was teaching elementary Chinese, and she and her textbook teach the pronunciation of the same character as "shui." When I asked her about this, she said that "shui" was more standard, and "shei" was a local variation used mostly around Beijing. But I notice that ChinesePod materials have the Pinyin for 谁 written "shei," the way I'd always learned it.
So what's the story with the pronunciation of this character? Among native speakers, who uses "shei," and who uses "shui"?
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