The Chinese Alphabet - Is There Such A Thing?

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There are no letters in Chinese and therefore, there is no alphabet in Chinese writing.

The earlier form of characters developed fromrepparttar graphic representation of certain objects, for example,repparttar 139850 shape of a moon was used to write a moon.

As time went on, it became much more complex or even possible at all to represent words in graphic. The majority ofrepparttar 139851 symbols today do not have a direct link between shape and meaning. What stays in common is that they all represent a concept and not a sound.

Chinese characters represent concepts, ideas or objects. Although there are some relationship betweenrepparttar 139852 structures of each symbol and its pronunciation,repparttar 139853 symbols can't be broken down into smaller components to construct a new word.



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Chinese Pinyin or Hanyu Pinyin Overview

Written by Rosie Wang


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The consonant that begins a syllable is initial (listen torepparttar pronunciation in mp3 format online at http://www.learn-chinese-language-online.com/chinese-pinyin-initials.html) , they can be:

b, p, m, f, d, t, n, l, g, k, h, j, q, x, z, c, s, zh, ch, sh, r, y, w

The rest parts afterrepparttar 139849 initial are finals. Final ( listen torepparttar 139850 pronunciation in mp3 format online at http://www.learn-chinese-language-online.com/chinese-pinyin-finals.html ) can be a single vowel, a combination of vowels, or combination of vowels and nasals 'n' or 'ng':

There are 6 simple finals which are single vowels, they are : a, o, e, i, u, Ł .

The others are compound finals, they are:

ai, ao, ou, ei, ia, ie, iao, iou, ua, uo, uai, uei, Łe,

an, ang, ong, en, eng, in, ing, ian, iang, iong, uen, ueng, uan, uang, Łn, Łan

The combination of 21 initials and 33 finals in Mandarin romanization (there are five more finals, but they sharerepparttar 139851 same symbols as other finals) form about 420 different sounds.

A word consists of initial + final + tone. In some cases,repparttar 139852 initial can be omitted.

Although most ofrepparttar 139853 sounds are generally close to how they are used and pronounced in English, some don't follow English letters exactly and are pronounced differently.

Pay extra attention torepparttar 139854 differences and listen closely to each Chinese sound, it takes practices to pronounce correctly.



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