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From A Learner’s View: Common Chinese Mistakes When learning a new language there are literally hundreds of things you can do wrong. With a good teacher you can learn how to overcome your difficulties. Everyone makes many mistakes but some mistakes are more common than others. Here is a list of some of the easiest mistakes to make when trying to master Chinese. The tones "-" "/" "∨" "＼". There are 4 of them plus a neutral tone (no tone). These can be fantastically difficult to learn without help; that's the bad news. The good news is that for a learner of Chinese - at least at the beginner level - a student can create potentially meaningful communication without them. Why? This is because Chinese is heavily dependent on the context for understanding meaning. Phonetically speaking Chinese is a VERY small language i.e. everything sounds like everything else - that is actually part of the purpose for using the tones. As a beginner your lack of tones will be interpreted for what it is - your limited knowledge and as such the Chinese will endeavor to interpret your meaning. But it has limitations. For instance the pin yin (Romanization of Chinese characters) sound 'shi' (pronounced like English 'sure' but shorter) has - I checked - 41 pages of different means in…
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