Pinyin (拼音 pīnyīn, literally “spelled sounds” usually refers to Hanyu Pinyin (汉语拼音 Hànyǔ Pīnyīn or "Han language Pinyin").

Hanyu Pinyin is the romanization method promulgated and popularized by the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for Standard Mandarin, the most widely used dialect of the Chinese language.

There are four main tones in Hanyu Pinyin (yīng, yáng, shǎng, ), as well as a light or neutral tone. The light tone has no diacritical tone marks. Due to the difficulty in entering the diacritical tone marks in computers, it is common to see the them replaced by numbers in the form yin1, yang2, shang3 and qu4. Also, ü is often entered as v or uu for the same reason.

Hanyu Pinyin is now universal for PRC. It is also the most widely used method of romanization outside of PRC. For instance, it is used by the Government of Singapore, the United States Library of Congress, and the American Library Association.

Other romanization styles that have the name “pinyin” in them include Tongyong Pinyin? and Postal System Pinyin? (unrelated to the modern day Pinyin).

More information at [ext], [ext] and the pronounciation can be practised at [ext]

gimpf: Is [Wade–Giles] anywhere else but in Taiwan of China used anymore?

More information at [Wade–Giles] and/or [ext]

TDerz For character search for Go books [ext] could be useful. If you know how to look up radicals, hanzi or Kanji - and you need to know on this site too—then a book could provide a faster result (if at hand). The website provides English-, pinyin-, Cantonese, stroke number-, and character-look-up.



Online tools

[ext] Chinese pronunciation tool
[ext] Pinyin Editor

Conversion tables

[ext] Chinese Romanization Converter
[ext] Zhuyin Fuhao to Hanyu Pinyin converter and reverse

See also:

Pinyin last edited by on July 12, 2024 - 23:37
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