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words with similar tones and the native speaker

Posted by couchboy April 25, 2011 in the Group I Have a Question.

I have been curious how the native Chinese language speaker handles the deciphering words with similar tones when listening.  For instance in the following sentence;

游泳是有用的演习 (Yóuyǒng shì yǒuyòng de yǎnxí) "Swimming is a useful exercise"

Is it more because 游泳 is a noun and 有用 is an adjective and is more about context?  Or does one can really decipher the tones?

As my vocabulary increases, I am finding it difficult.  I wonder I need to pay more attention to the over all grammer of the sentence.



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