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The untold spy story of WWI

In 1910 a proposed Alliance between Germany and France (See New York Times Article ) worried Britain so they sent someone to 'sniff around'.

The story is a personal journey of discovery set in the vibrant energy that is Zanzibar. Susan finds herself in the palace of the great Sultan of Zanzibar as private tutor to his children. She immerses herself in the heady experiences of that rich island. From making friends with her personal servant, Subira, to falling in love with Asim, a senior member of the Sultan's court. Susan delights in the discovery of Zanzibar and the discovery of herself. The only shadow being that she was recruited by British Military Intelligence as a spy. That compromises her love for Asim and will eventually cut the silken thread that is her journey into the exotic.

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Learn the Chinese Alphabet - Pin Yin




Pronunciation of Chinese words is in two parts


When a word is written in PinYin the pronunciation is broken into two parts.

To practice, say the first part clearly then the second part clearly, then put them together. This will give you the shape of the word. The tone comes from the second part.


FIRST PART – Sheng Mu - which is similar to a consonant in English. Do not shape the sound. It is a single hard sound. The brackets ( ) give and example of a word in English which has the correct sound for the letter in pinyin. Eg: 'b' as in (b ore):

b(bore) p(paw) m(more) f(for) d(dirge) t(turn) l(learn) n(nurse) g(girl) k(curd)

h(her) j(jean) q(cheese) x(shower) z[say z with your teeth together tongue behind]

zh - as in j in jury

c chirp   

s sh     

r(run) y(yee) w(when)





SECOND PART - Yun Mu (4 tones) - which is similar to a vowel in English. This is what gives a word its shape, its 'tone'. It is softer and can be shaped:

a(car) o(or) e(her) i(see) ai(eye) ou(ho) ie(yeah) ue(you'áir) ei(say) u(you)

ao(cow) ui(way) un(tune) uo(or)

an(under) ang(hung) en(hen) eng(tongue) in(in) ing(ing) ong(gong)





Learn to Sing the Chinese Alphabet (Click on the Arrow)



If you think you can master those sounds from reading this or from listening to them then you are nuts. You need a native Chinese speaker to listen to you. The teacher will be able to hear if you have the correct pronunciation or not and be able to help you correct it if you do not (which is more than likely)