shi shi shi …

shi shi shi

(Apologies for the poor scan. It’s taken from Writing Systems: A Linguistic Approach, by Henry Rogers (Blackwell))

I love this very extreme example of Mandarin Chinese homophony: an entire story made up of a single syllable (though really four syllables of course, taking into account tonal quality).

Various people have recorded this literary masterpiece, the one below being my favorite…

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