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Tons of tones

Posted by zhanglihua July 21, 2008 in the Group General Discussion.

Chinese is a tonal language. No big deal, right? ;-)

In fact, 4+1 tones aren't that much, other languages or even dialects have more or different kinds of tones. Would you say Mandarin tones are comparatively simple? How do you cope with different tonal systems? If your native language is a tonal one, would you consider the transition to be easier or trickier than for someone whose mother tongue is non-tonal?

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