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Homophones

Homophones in Chinese

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Chinese has a high number of homophones. This means many words in Chinese have the same or a very similar pronunciation. For example:

  • chéng jì [成绩 ] (result, achievement, success) or chéng jì [承继] (to inherit), with exactly the same tones;
  • guǎn lǐ [管理 ](supervise), guàn lì [惯例] (attend a ritual), guān lǐ [观礼] (officer).

Learners of Chinese as second language know the rhyme „the Stone Lion“. This ryhme is composed only from the word „shi“ in different tone.

Shíshì shīshì Shī Shì, shì shī, shì shí shí shī.

石室詩士施氏,嗜獅,誓食十獅。

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admin123 • 4. April 2012


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