When they first learn Mandarin, foreigners always confuse their own mother tongue with this strange language. Therefore, the process for learning Chinese is the process of removing this kind of barrier.
The barrier exists anywhere from pronunciation and grammar, to vocabulary and cultural background. Among these barriers, pronunciation is the most difficult to overcome and the easiest for making people confused. Because it is hard to communicate if your pronunciation is not correct, it is the most important part of learning mandarin.
However, it is not an easy job to speak words correctly for some pronunciation is quite similar, such as ¡°forty¡± and ¡°fact¡±, which in Chinese pronunciation is ¡°s¨¬sh¨ª¡± and ¡°sh¨¬sh¨ª¡±. They are quite alike. How to distinguish them? In fact, as long as you master some key skills of pronunciation, you can do it.