Mandarin

Why Need to Know Mandarin Pinyin?

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Pinyin is the official phonetic system which uses specific symbols to represent the sound of the Mandarin Chinese language.


Each Mandarin Chinese has its own Pinyin, and Pinyin of Mandarin Chinese has 3 parts:

  • The first part is Initial,

  • The second one is final,

  • The last one is tone.


If we talk with others in Chinese, Pinyin is the most basic thing we need to master.


Pinyin is the primary tool which helps learners to pronounce Chinese words. It makes Mandarin Chinese more accessible and easier to learn.

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Additional Notes

Mandarin Pinyin is the primary tool which helps learners to pronounce Chinese words. It makes Mandarin Chinese more accessible and easier to learn.


Each Mandarin Chinese has its own Pinyin.  Literally, “pinyin” means “spelled sound”.  If we talk with others in Chinese, Pinyin is the most basic thing we need to master.


Pinyin of Mandarin Chinese has 3 parts:


1.  First part is Initial,


2.  Second one is Final,


3.   Last one is Tone.


Use ‘nǐ hǎo’ as an example to illustrate how Pinyin works.  First, we put an initial and a final to form a syllable. We then add tone on top of each final to form the pinyin of nǐ hǎo.

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