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    #11

    Re: Tone, Intonation, and stress.

    Thanks you so much for all your answers.

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    #12

    Re: Tone, Intonation, and stress.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    But that doesn't make English 'a tone language' in the sense that Chinese is. (as it does with ma
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Oh, my!

    I do NOT claim to know Chinese. Or (to use my favorite word): I do not really know Chinese.

    But I shall never forget what my Chinese-language teacher (in 1960!) told me.

    To show how important tones are (in Mandarin), he gave us this sentence:

    ma ma ma ma.

    Each "ma" has a different tone.

    The sentence means something like: Was Mother angry with the horse?


    James

    P.S. Because I cannot remember the tones, whenever I try to speak Mandarin, the listeners always ask: What?!

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