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Transcriptions: how to write down pronunciation

  
[ 2005-06-15 19:52:10 pm | Author: Admin ]
                             Transcriptions: how to write down pronunciation

The old Chinese became aware of the sound system of their own language when they had to translate foreign words with a meaning that could not be expressed in Chinese:
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Loanwords, New Words and Foreign Names

  
[ 2005-06-15 19:44:28 pm | Author: Admin ]
                                Loanwords, New Words and Foreign Names

Like all people, the Chinese had an intensive contact with neighboring people. They adopted many words from the northern steppe people that used things the
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The Development of Chinese Language

  
[ 2005-06-15 19:38:03 pm | Author: Admin ]
                                The Development of Chinese Language

Chinese is a tonale language. In modern Chinese, every syllable has four different tone pitches (sisheng
四聲):
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Relatives of the Chinese Language

  
[ 2005-06-15 19:29:37 pm | Author: Admin ]

Relatives of the Chinese Language


Relatives of the Chinese language are the Tibeto-Burmese languages, the languages of Tibet and of modern Myanmar and many, many small tribes that live in the Himalaya and its foothills. Thai and Vietnamese are definitely not related to Chinese, even if both are isolating (one word-one syllable) languages that have also tone pitches. English for

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Dialects or Languages?

  
[ 2005-06-15 19:24:20 pm | Author: Admin ]
                                             Dialects or Languages?

Chinese language is the language spoken by most people of the world, at least theoretically.
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The Chinese Script

  
[ 2005-06-15 19:16:18 pm | Author: Admin ]

The Chinese Script

The Chinese Script is the only ideographic (picture) script that is still used today, and at the same time it is the oldest one in use (about 3200 years). Its great advantage is that is can be used by all dialect speakers in and outside of China that call the same object with a quite different pronunciation that can hardly be recognized by somebody who only

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