Learn Chinese Pinyin in 21 Days – Day 20: Spelling Rules

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By the standard, Basic Spelling Rules for Pinyin Orthography, called “汉语拼音正词基本规则” in Chinese, issued in 1988 from National Education Commission and national Language Commission of P.R. China, spacing in Pinyin is based on whole words, not syllables. Since word segmentation is complicated and there are often ambiguities on how to partition a word and group… Read more »

Learn Chinese Pinyin in 21 Days – Day 15: Finals, ia, iao

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In this pinyin lesson, we learn two compound finals, which are ia, iao. We also learn some Chinese characters that use “ia, iao”. In addition, you can have listening exercises and quizzes for ia, iao. Finals Finals are all possible combinations of semivowels coming before the vowel, the nucleus vowel, and final vowel. There are… Read more »

Learn Chinese Pinyin in 21 Days – Day 9: Initials, y, w

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In this Pinyin Lesson, we learn initials, “y” and “w”. Initials y, w The letters “y” and “w” are not included in the table of initials in the official pinyin system. They are an orthographic convention for “i”, “u” and “ü” when no initial is present. When “i”, “u” or “ü” are finals and no… Read more »

Learn Chinese Pinyin in 21 Days – Day 1: Tones

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What are the Chinese tones? In English, tones are used to indicate whether a sentence is a statement or a question. Changing the tone in English will change the mood or the emphasis of the sentence, but not the meaning of the sentence. Chinese sentences apply the same rules. However, Chinese is a tonal language;… Read more »