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  •  And from what I understand, if you don't ... (1+ / 0-)
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    get the tones just right, you're probably speaking gibberish anyway.

    The father of a good friend of mine was born in the U.S., but spoke Cantonese at home when he was a child.  He remained fluent in Cantonese, and learned several other languages, but could never manage to learn Mandarin, since the tonal system is apparently quite different from Cantonese.

    Still PROUD to be a Democrat!

    by leevank on Mon Nov 08, 2010 at 05:52:10 PM PST

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