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Re: Large set of parts

From: Andrew Bernard
Subject: Re: Large set of parts
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2018 11:28:07 +1000

Hi Shane,

It's not really a tongue twister for Mandarin speakers, so much as a wonderful play on tones on the same phoneme. It's not hard to pronounce - my definition of a tongue twister - but just a glorious play with language. There's only four tones in Mandarin. [This latter point can be argued a little, but only four tines are common and essential.]

While we are here, David's original phrase is not hard to pronounce for an English speaker at all. It falls into the category of alliteration, which abounds in English, rather than tongue twisters.


On 28 April 2018 at 08:17, shane <address@hidden> wrote:
There is a chinese tongue twister that is really long and consists entirely of the sound "shi." The vice president of the shanghai conservatory told me that one.  It is worth looking up. 

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