I actually want a tongue twister for practice. But I want one that could be a Chinese sentence. Is the following at all acceptable as way to say "This is the 'seek truth through facts' rock"?


By that I mean the rock on the Renmin University campus with the motto 实事求是.

On line I find nearly this, but always with 石额 or some other noun complement to 石. Can I possibly do without that, or is 石 too much of a bound morpheme to allow that?

  • gmw.cn/01gmrb/2008-01/09/content_720360.htm with picture of rock, only has 石 occurring 3 times: 巨石,石头,巨石, source for 石额? – user6065 Aug 1 '15 at 6:10
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    石 may be too much of a bound morpheme for the suggested 名词短语 to be easily understood without context – user6065 Aug 1 '15 at 6:34
  • @user6065 Actually 巨石 is better for my purposes. Thanks. Anyway one source for 额 is gov.cn/jrzg/2007-09/26/content_762128.htm referring to an earlier inscription in Yan'an. – Colin McLarty Aug 1 '15 at 6:47

You can try this to challenge your tongue.

Good luck with your tongue!

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It's okay grammatically, but not very challenging.


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  • Well, I thought of it for a thirteen year old just beginning Mandarin. Maybe I'll work with yours! – Colin McLarty Aug 1 '15 at 6:56
  • ack, don't! 實屬喜事 alone left psychic scars on me that still haven't healed... – wpt Aug 1 '15 at 7:11
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    Then go with "吃葡萄不吐葡萄皮"--tongue twister level 1... – Meruemu Aug 3 '15 at 17:53

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