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For those who didn’t see this the first time around
They put the punctuation at the beginning of the sentence so you know straight away what type of sentence it is. Unlike in English where you don’t realize until the end and sometimes you have to go back and reread the sentence after you figure out it’s a question.
I always thought that this would’ve been very helpful when in elementary school. I always had to read aloud and would demolish sentences because I didn’t yet know what tone to say them in, so it would all be read as a monotone sentence. Maybe students could read more expressively if we had this punctuation…
In Taiwan, they use Bopomofo (aka Zhuyin Fuhao) as the main phonetic alphabet for Mandarin Chinese. Here’s what it looks like (link to image here) and please note that you’re supposed to read the chart vertically from right to left:
Here’s a youtube…