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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