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@ajacobs As @jcbeammentions, in Mandarin, the number one can be pronounced as both "yi" and "yao". In the PRC (which this article focuses on), the "yao" pronunciation is used when you are reading out digits in a string of numbers, such as a phone number, address, postal code, ID number or a serial number. In Taiwanese mandarin, the "yao" pronunciation is rarely used and if heard in Taiwan, is commonly taken as a sign that the speaker is from the mainland.
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