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Si Shi Shi Si Shi


This tongue-twister actually means something that’s hard to contest indeed: “40 is 40” (сы шы шы сы шы). Chinese have brains of supercomputers: there’s a fairy-tale of some kind that’s composed entirely of these two syllables (okay, in different tones), and Chinese claim that all native speakers can easily understand what every one of those sounds means just from its context. … Continue reading

Chinese poems


If you know just Mandarin, you cannot fully appreciate the beauty of Chinese poetry. All rules for poems refer to pronunciation in one of the traditional (read: Cantonese) languages, which have 8 tones. Remember, all Chinese is written the same way, so you can read and pronounce it in any of the dialects you fancy. … Continue reading