Author Orion, a native Chinese speaker who lives in Chengdu, Sichuan province in China. She is an experienced content writer at Wukong EDU. She always keeps passionate to share Chinese language knowledge and culture. Hoping to help more international students know more about China through her articles.

Chinese Alphabet and Character

The English alphabet has 26 letters, and the Spanish alphabet contains 27, but… Chinese is a unique language with no alphabet. Unlike English letters arranged one by one in the alphabet and written as a series of letters following a logic or rules, Chinese characters, written as a series of images, have their own meaning, their own sound, and themselves compose words in a broad sense. Each Chinese character is a syllable.

Pinyin Pronunciation

Pinyin converts characters into a standard international Latin alphabet, which makes it much easier for people from other language systems worldwide to know the sound of Hanzi and learn its pronunciation. As a beginner, how can we effectively remember the pronunciation of each new character?

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Pinyin : Useful Guide with Video

Pinyin, defined as the Chinese phonetic alphabet, is the official romanization of standard Chinese words(Characters) in mainland China. From ancient to modern, Chinese is the language without a direct alphabet for its characters(so-called Hanzi), that’s why Hanyu Pinyin is one of the vital tools to effectively transcribe it with each syllable corresponding distinct meaning, including the Latin Alphabet(initials and finals) and a tone marker (one of four). The Chinese-language combining-sounds alphabet is the verifying “spell pronunciation” for teaching Chinese written words and helps people learn the Mandarin pronunciation.

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