OK, so I've fished out my copy of 3rd Edition Oriental Adventures, and on looking at the lung dragons' entry in the monster chapter, I'm unsure how to pronounce lung- is it the same as the breathing organ or is it pronounced loong?

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    \$\begingroup\$ The “lung” of “lung dragon” refers to the Chinese word for dragon, 龙 (often transliterated “long,” “lung,” or “loong”). You would probably get better answers from the Chinese Language Stack Exchange—even if someone publishing D&D had tried to offer pronunciation guidance, the Chinese word is what they were going for, so experts in Chinese Language may very well have better guidance. \$\endgroup\$
    – KRyan
    Jan 9, 2023 at 2:39

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Similar to "long" in English

A Lung (or long) dragon is a traditional Chinese dragon, with the Chinese character 龙 (simplified) or 龍 (traditional).

The pronounciation differs somewhat depending on the dialect of Chinese you speak. Here is a whole list of speakers pronouncing it, in Mandarin, Cantonese, and other variants of Chinese.

Most of them sound like a slightly streched out English "long". The IPA phonetic transcripiton is [lóŋ].

You also can hear the "default" pronounciation by either entering it into Google Translate, and clicking the loudspeaker symbol, or see this short YouTube video.

  • \$\begingroup\$ That's not the IPA phonetic transcription — what you've written would end in an [n] (alveolar nasal) followed by a [g] (voiced velar stop). \$\endgroup\$
    – jogloran
    Jan 9, 2023 at 17:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ To clarify jogloran's comment a bit, the sound spelled in English as "ng" is considered by the IPA to be a single consonant, transcribed as ŋ \$\endgroup\$
    – IMSoP
    Jan 9, 2023 at 17:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ @IMSoP I think you are right. This site claims it is [lóng], but in all the pronounications it does not really have a voiced "g" stop, so ŋ seems to be the correct way to represent it in IPA. I updated it. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 9, 2023 at 18:21

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