Tuesday, August 4, 2009

What Is "Pinyin"?

August 04, 2009
What is "pinyin"?

From Wikipedia:
Pinyin, or more formally Hanyu Pinyin, is currently the most commonly used Romanization system for Standard Mandarin. Hanyu means the Chinese language, and pinyin means "phonetics", or more literally, "spelling sound" or "spelled sound". It is used to teach standard pronunciation of Mandarin Chinese to schoolchildren in China as well as to foreign learners.

Initials and finals are the fundamental elements in pinyin. Nearly each Chinese syllable can be spelled with exactly one initial followed by one final. Click Here for a pinyin table which is a complete listing of all Hanyu Pinyinsyllables used in Standard Mandarin.

There are 4 basic tones in Hanyu:

Click Here and Here for another pinyin chart including audio & videos that you can hear the pronunciation with 4 tones.

Another video for you: 聲母 韻母 歌 (声母 韵母 歌, Shengmu Yunmu Ge, Initial Final Song ) The lyrics in the video is traditional Chinese.

聲母 韻母 歌 (声母 韵母 歌, Shēngmǔ Yùn , Initial Final Song )  
b p m f d t n l  
g k h j q x  
zh ch sh r z c s 
i u ü a o e ê  
ai ei ao ou  
an en ang eng ong

我們 來 唱 聲母 韻母 歌 
我们 来 唱 声母 韵母 歌 
Wǒmen lái chàng Shēngmǔ Yùn 
Let's sing Initial Final Song

PS. There's even music only section for you to solo!

Practice writing: CLICK HERE and hit the brushes next to each character to see the stroke orders. Grab a piece of paper and write them down.

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