Country: China Category: Language By: fearfrog
Pinyin, more formally called Hanyu Pinyin, is the most common Standard Mandarin romanization system in use. Hanyu means the Chinese language, pin means "spell" and yin means "sound". It is also known as a scheme of the Chinese phonetic alphabet.

Pinyin uses the Latin alphabet to represent sounds in Standard Mandarin. The way these letters represent sounds in Standard Mandarin differs from other languages that use the Roman alphabet. For example, the sounds indicated in pinyin by "b" and "g" correspond more closely to the sounds indicated by "p" and "k" in some Western uses of the Latin script, e.g., French. Other letters, like "j", "q", "x" or "zh", indicate sounds that do not correspond to any exact sound in English. Some of the transcriptions in pinyin, such as the "ang" ending, do not correspond to English pronunciations either. This means that people who have not studied Chinese or the pinyin system are likely to severely mispronounce some words if they attempt to pronounce pinyin according to their own language spellings.

Hanyu Pinyin was approved in 1958 and adopted in 1979 by the government in the People's Republic of China. It superseded older romanization systems such as Wade-Giles (1859; modified in 1892) and Chinese Postal Map Romanization, and replaced Zhuyin as the method of Chinese phonetic instruction in mainland China. Hanyu Pinyin was adopted in 1979 by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as the standard romanization for modern Chinese. It has also been accepted by the Government of Singapore, the Library of Congress, the American Library Association, and many other international institutions. It has also become a useful tool for entering Chinese language text into computers.

The primary purpose of pinyin in Chinese schools is to teach Standard Mandarin pronunciation. For those Chinese people who speak Standard Mandarin at home, pinyin is used to help children associate characters with spoken words which they already know; however, for the many Chinese people who do not use Standard Mandarin at home, pinyin is used to teach them the Standard Mandarin pronunciation of words when they learn them in elementary school.

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Thanks for sharing. Your post is a useful contiibutron.
December 05, 2016



Unlelapraled accuracy, unequivocal clarity, and undeniable importance!
December 05, 2016



Tom,I have been studying Rosetta Stone Chinese Mandarin pttrey regularly for 2 months now. I enjoy the software but it helps having someone who knows the language to help with the fill in words. I am going to Beijing in January for 14 days during the Spring Festival and will be staying with a girl who grew up in the Hunan region and has been living in Beijing for 7 years. She helps me by talking to me in Chinese and I answer back. The software absolutely does work as I can speak with Chinese folks here in the east coast of NJ.
November 05, 2014



about the voice recognition haneirg yourself speak is one of the most important ways to improve your pronunciation . It's not just pronunciation though, but when you use the language willfully it helps you remember it better. Its not an abstract thought or grammar rule or construction that you're remembering, but you're establishing the feeling of how it feels to do it right. Feelings are easier for us to recreate than thoughts in general because they are instinctual and immediate. The paradox of learning a language (or playing a musical instrument for example) is that you can't do it until you do it. So the first few tries of saying a phrase, (or touching a bow to a violin) often sound awful. But with willful effort to improve though the feeling of doing it right can be easily achieved.I'd like to point out an update since this was written:They recently added level 4 and 5 to the Chinese so the complete set is now 1-5. In the meantime the pricing changed so its actually $499 for 1-5 now and an even better deal.
November 04, 2014
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