English And Chinese History And The Process Of Learning And Mastering A Foreign Language

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Phonology, also known as phonemics, is actually a study that research about pronunciation system, to analyze how the different elements integrated into a unified whole, forming an ensemble of voices for a specific language and are expressed a specific meaning, such as English, Chinese and Japanese(Vachek 2008). In modern mandarin, for example. It has 22 initials, 38 finals and 4 tones. The combination of the initials and finals is not arbitrary, but has certain regularity. The basic Chinese word are generally monosyllabic words, which consist of a consonant and a vowel sound combination. In Chinese, there are nearly 402 such units(Chou, Tseng & Lee 2002). This shows the importance of phonology from one aspect. Phonology is the basic of a language, which will help people master the language form the foundations. This essay will bring up some specific examples from Chinese and English to illustrate the importance of phonology in the process of learning and mastering a foreign language.

Phonology, ancient Chinese and Chinese history are inseparable. To study ancient Chinese, reference books are essential. Firstly, many of these books are arranged according to the ancient sound, such as “The Grand Dictionary of Chinese Language” and “The Etymology Dictionary of Chinese Language”. Readers can in-depth understand the meaning of the ancient Chinese words from these books. It includes how the Chinese characters changed over from the hieroglyphs and the same character in the…

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