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For sound similarity, have a look at these short stories: 施氏食狮史 (Story of Stone Grotto Poet: Eating Lions) 石室诗士施氏,嗜狮,誓食十狮。施氏时时适市视狮。 十时,适十狮市。是时,适施氏适是市。施氏视十狮,恃矢势,使是十狮逝世。氏拾是十狮尸,适石室。 石室湿,施氏使侍拭石室。石室拭,施氏始试食十狮尸。食时,始识十狮实十石狮尸。试释是事。 施(shī)氏(shì)食(shí)狮(shī)史(shǐ)   石(shí)室(shì)诗(shī)士(shì)施(shī)氏(shì),嗜(shì)狮(shī),誓(shì)食(shí)十(shí)狮(shī)。   ...


Have you had problems noticing the difference between "sheer" and "cheer", or "jeep" and "cheap"? If not, then your problem is solved. For European people, it is strongly recommended that they read articles with Pinyin (literally "Spelled Pronunciation"). Why characters are not relevant to their pronunciations? Chinese has so LONG a history that ...

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