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Why are tones so important? Example sentence using dumplings & sleep (shui jiao)

Here are two sentences in pinyin to explain why tones are so important.  They would have the exact same pronunciation except different tones on shui & jiao.

xiǎo jie, shuǐ (三声) jiǎo (三声) yī wǎn duō shao qián?

小姐,水饺多少钱?

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Added by liuqi on April 21, 2011 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

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