Chinese Tongue Twister: “Four is Four” (四是四 Si Shi Si)

Chinese Tongue Twister: “Four is Four” (四是四 Si Shi Si)

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四是四, sì shì sì, Four is four,
十是十。 shí shì shí. ten is ten.
十四是十四, shísì shì shísì, Fourteen is fourteen,
四十是四十。 sìshí shì sìshí. forty is forty.
十四不是四十, shísì búshì sìshí, Fourteen is not forty,
四十不是十四。 sìshí búshì shísì. forty is not fourteen.
四十四只石狮子! sìshísì zhī shí shīzi! Forty four stone lions!
ID Chinese Trad. Pinyin English Definition
ID Chinese Trad. Pinyin English Definition
1 four; 4
2 shì is; are; am; yes; to be; variant of ; (used in given names)
3 shí ten; 10
4 十四 shí fourteen; 14
5 四十 shí forty; 40
6 不是 shi is not
7 四十四 shí  forty four; 44
8 zhī classifier for birds and certain animals, one of a pair, some utensils, vessels etc
9 石狮子 石獅子 shí shī zi guardian lion, a lion statue traditionally placed at the entrance of Chinese imperial palaces, imperial tombs, temples etc
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