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你怎么知道拼音音调之间的差异时,有人写它没有重音符号? When I am talking to someone in Mandarin, and they type pinyin without tonal marks, how can I understand which tone they are trying to use?
Feb 27, 2012 2:28 AM
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You can ask them to add a number 1-4 after the Pinyin of each word to indicate its tone. For example, let them type 朋友 as 'peng2 you3' instead of 'pengyou'. Actually even native Chinese speakers can not read a toneless Pinyin sentence quickly, though we can figure it out by experience.
February 27, 2012
As we all know there are many homophones in the English language, for non-english speakers we might pose the same question "how can I understand which word they are trying to use?" Did you bring her flowers? Did you bring her flour? Although they sound similar in daily conversation, but I believe I won't make you feel confused because they are used in different contexts, the same thing goes for pinyin, we won't misunderstand what you are trying to say normally, even they are the same Pinyin with the same tone. If you bring your girlfriend flour, I would follow up with a question "Is she working in a bakery?" to avoid misunderstanding, right?
February 27, 2012
I think only native speakers are capable of understanding. Only limited combinations of tones for the syllables make sense, but it orders the sensitivity to the language.
February 29, 2012
Not all the combinations make sense. Like the example Chiffony gives, 朋友,peng2you3, if you pronounce it like peng1you1, peng1you2, peng1you4, etc. they don't make sense at all. Chinese does not have words pronounced like them. Sometimes, there will be several combinations that make sense. But if you put them into a whole sentence, then usually only one of them can make sense according to other words in the sentence. It's quite easy for native speakers to tell which one is the right one. But I guess it might be very hard for foreigners. So ask your friends to write down the tones at the same time or just try to read them in different tones and see if any of them make sense to you.
February 28, 2012
February 28, 2012
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