Sunday, October 04, 2009

On learning Chinese

On learning Chinese

Chinese, I have learned, is a tonal language.

The same word can have several different meanings, all depending on how it is spoken.

For example, "mother", "horse" and "hemp" are all spoken in different tonal variations of the word "ma".

On reflection, this might explain Professor Stephen Hawking's recent arrest outside a knocking shop in Shanghai.

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