Why Mandarin is so difficult to learn - poem made of just the word shi

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Why Mandarin is so difficult to learn - poem made of just the word shi

In the following poem shi is used 92 times, yet because of tonal inclinations makes a perfectly good poem.

Here is the English version.

In a stone den was a poet Shi, who loved to eat lions, and decided to eat ten.
He often went to the market to look for lions.
One day at ten o'clock, ten lions just arrived at the market.
At that time, Shi just arrived at the market too.
Seeing those ten lions, he killed them with arrows.
He brought the corpses of the ten lions to the stone den.
The stone den was damp. He asked his servants to wipe it.
After the stone den was wiped, he tried to eat those ten lions.
When he ate, he realized that those ten lions were in fact ten stone lion corpses.
Try to explain this.

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Below is the poem in Hanyu Pinyin and Chinese characters.

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By netchicken: posted on 21-6-2007








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