Basic Chinese Pinyin Rules

Written by Rosie Wang

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Talking about Chinese Pinyin rules, let's start by looking atrepparttar following different scenarios:

1. Tone Mark Placement

The tone mark is placed overrepparttar 139882 vowel if there is only one vowel, e.g. wo, or onrepparttar 139883 main vowel of a syllable where they are two or three vowels, e.g. hao.

1.1 Syllable with one vowel letter, tone mark is always placed overrepparttar 139884 vowel letter. For examples:

笔 bǐ ( pen ) , 山 shān ( mountain )

车 chē ( car ), 信 xn ( letter )

1.2 Syllables with two or three vowel letters: Ifrepparttar 139885 first vowel letter is a medial , e.g. "i", "u", or " ",repparttar 139886 tone mark is placed overrepparttar 139887 vowel letter afterrepparttar 139888 medial.

For example:

学 xu ( study ) , 贵 gu ( expensive)

小 xiao ( small ) , 略 l ( strategy)

1.3 Ifrepparttar 139889 first vowel letter is not a medial,repparttar 139890 tone mark is always placed onrepparttar 139891 first vowel letter.

For example:

靠 ko ( rely ) , 要 yo ( ask )

好 hǎo ( good ) , 北 běi ( north )

2. Syllables With an Initial

Write downrepparttar 139892 initial and thenrepparttar 139893 final with no space between them.

For example:

客k ( guest ) , 桌 zhuō ( desk ) 忙 mng ( busy ) , 飞 fēi ( fly )


If and only if "uo" follows "b", "p", "m", or "f", "u" is dropped, resulting in "bo", "po", "mo", or "fo". If and only if "" follows "j", "q", "x", is changed to "u", resulting in "ju", "qu" and "xu"

3. Syllables Without an Initial

The Chinese Alphabet - Is There Such A Thing?

Written by Rosie Wang

There are so many people onrepparttar Internet looking for Chinese Alphabet; we received a lot of inquiries asking aboutrepparttar 139850 Chinese alphabet, questions like "Can you publishrepparttar 139851 Chinese alphabet online?" or "Where can I findrepparttar 139852 Chinese alphabet?" etc.

You can stop your search now because there is no such thing as Chinese alphabet.

The English word "alphabet" comes fromrepparttar 139853 first two letters ofrepparttar 139854 Greek alphabet (alpha and beta) because it wasrepparttar 139855 Greeks who adopted this writing system fromrepparttar 139856 Middle East and spread it torepparttar 139857 rest of Europe.

Every alphabet system consists of a rather small number ( 20 - 50 ) of letters that represent sound values used in spoken language.

Each ofrepparttar 139858 letters ofrepparttar 139859 alphabet represents a sound that generally has no particular meaning. Usingrepparttar 139860 letters ofrepparttar 139861 alphabet, one can write downrepparttar 139862 words of spoken language.

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