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31st-Jan-2007 06:27 pm - Pinyin: Part A - The Pinyin System
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Pinyin is a romanized phonetic writing system for Chinese based on the national standard system of pronunciation. It was officially adopted by the Chinese government in 1958 in order to help speakers of other dialects learn the standard pronunciation. It has also become the main system of romanization outside China. Today it is widely used on street signs, store signs, and in book titles, as well as in books, magazines and newspapers for non-native speakers of Chinese. Pinyin is also used to input characters in Chinese computer word processing systems Pinyin can help English speakers accurately pronounce any Chinese character.

A Pinyin syllable has three components: an initial, a final, and a tone mark that indicates the pitch contour. There are twenty-one initials, thirty-eight finals, and four tones.

Pinyin uses all of the English letters (except "v") to form a phonetic alphabet. We will use English as a point of reference for learning Pinyin, but keep in mind that many Pinyin sounds are slightly different from English or have no equivalents in English because Pinyin was not designed just for English speakers.

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24th-Jan-2007 11:42 pm - First entry (for now lol)
Hey, just testing in the community. Didn't want to use my own journal to post up stuff for this community, so used a make shift journal instead. Besides it allows me to use the communitys icons which would allow you to see which stuff is added by the maintainer.

17th-Jan-2007 08:24 pm(no subject)
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