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Chinese Tonal Tongue-Twister

“While tongue-twisters in all languages take advantage of similar sounding words and syllables to generate confusion, some Chinese tongue twisters also take advantage of the fact that Chinese is a tonal language. Taken to the extreme, it is possible to create a tongue-twisters where all the words have the same sound but varying only in

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In Search of Black Tea

We searched for a couple of weeks… “Do you have any black tea?” “Just green.” they would all say. Big shops. Little tea nooks. Grocery stores. Finally, at a tea shop a clerk said,”smell this.” There it was: black tea. Except in China, it’s called “red tea” since the drink appears red in the

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English: China’s Official Second Language

English was officially named China’s second language in 2001. It’s common to walk down the streets and hear children yell, “Hello”, “Good-bye” and “How are you?”

As we walked past this house, we were reminded of how much English is emphasized in order to have a better chance at gaining entrance to a university.

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You Thought Chinese Was Hard

Reasons why the English language is so hard to learn:

1.) The bandage was wound around the wound. 2.) The farm was used to produce produce. 3.) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse. 4.) We must polish the Polish furniture. 5.) He could lead if he would get the

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Class Photo

Our miniature “United Nations” gathers every day for three hours to study Chinese. Our classmates are from Korea and France.

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Screwdriver, eggplant or wife…

Every language has its intricacies. Perhaps one of the more challenging intricacies of Chinese are the tones. There are four tones in Chinese:

1st tone – The word is pronounced with a flat tone, about a middle C pitch. 2nd tone – The word is pronounced with a rising pitch, much like you express surprise

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