02 Why Need to Know Mandarin Pinyin?

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Mandarin Pinyin

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:

  • First part is Initial,

  • Second one is Final,

  • 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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