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so you may be asking yourself, why didn't she post any phonetic pronunciations?

the reason is that the pronunciation associated with each symbol changes depending on the dialect - Mandarin, Cantonese, Fujian, etc.

People in China can communicate with each other just with the characters.

The way they do this is to trace the character on their left hand with their right index finger.  The order in which they do this is very important, so this will be the topic of another post or diary.  If you trace the characters in the wrong order, even though your character is correct, people will not understand what you are trying to say.  

Also, my computer doesn't allow for the system of tonal inflections which is usually written in roman letters something like this:   hâo or hào (two more inflections in Mandarin which I can't show here)

by zoe on Fri Apr 25th, 2008 at 01:51:59 PM EST

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