What is Chinese pinyin?

Chinese Pinyin is the romanization of the Chinese “written sound”.

This means that it is the Mandarin pronunciation with Western spellings and includes a tone mark to signify the pitch of a word. Hence it helps learning Mandarin easier.

Pinyin provides a phonetic alphabet for Chinese and is the basis for learning from elementary level. It is a fundamental tool used for learning the spelling of Chinese characters throughout Chinese language study.

Besides being an efficient input method in Chinese computer software, most modern Chinese dictionaries uses Pinyin to denote pronunciation of characters.

After mastering Pinyin, you can easily read Chinese books with Pinyin marked, learn Chinese characters by looking in the dictionary, or input Chinese characters into your computer, it will take your Chinese study to a higher level.

25 out of 26 English alphabet letters are used in Pinyin. Letter ‘v’ is not used.

In just 6 minutes - Pinyin

Here's a very lively video to learn Pinyin in a light hearted manner :) Good for those who needs some 'refreshing' of Pinyin- in just 6 minutes! It greets the children, with bright colours and cartoons but we think it is great for adults learning the basic Pinyin as well! :) Try it, click on it to see it now! :)

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