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THIS RIGHT HERE. THIS IS WHY IT TOOK ME TWO YEARS TO ATTAIN FLUENCY.
OVER TENS OF THOUSANDS OF CHARACTERS, ABOUT 1,600 SYLLABLES.
There are 22 intials, and about 35 finals. Only about 2/3 of the combinations are actually used.
BUT LITERALLY OVER TENS OF THOUSANDS OF WORDS MADE OF THOSE SOUNDS.
HAHA! I would think this was a joke, except that when my son was in 1st grade, there was a woman who came three times a week to teach Mandarin at his school. And he was TOTALLY learning a bunch of different inflections of “shi.” At least five. I couldn’t hear the difference between them. I honestly could not hear the difference.