Questions tagged [pinyin]

Questions about the official transcription writing system that is used to write the reading of chinese characters using the roman alphabet.

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shénmo pronounced as homophone of 什麼 shénme

According to ''Wiedenhof's A Grammar of Mandarin'', page 415, shénmo is also a possible transliteration of 什麼 shénme. In what contexts is this true?
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Pronunciation of final -o

According to Wiedenhof's A Grammar of Mandarin, page 43, The final spelled as -o is only combined with the initials b-, p-, m-, f-. This vowel matches the vowel part of the final -uo [wɔ]. ...
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“Weng” syllables rhyme with the fnal -ong

According to Wiedenhof's A Grammar of Mandarin, page 44, "Weng" syllables rhyme with the fnal -ong [ʊŋ] However, he'd specified weng as [wʌŋ], to add Weng displays the same type of variation as ...
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tone sandhi represented in Pinyin

According to Wiedenhof's A Grammar of Mandarin, page 25, When following a frst or a second tone, and simultaneously preceding a non-neutral tone, a second tone is pronounced with a high level ...
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Pinyin capitalization when sentence starts with a number

The first letter of a sentence in Pinyin is to be capitalized. Does this remain true if the sentence starts with an arabic numeral? For instance, Google Translate turns "23万人" into "23 Wàn rén" ...
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Need help with unknown engraving

I came across this engraving and I'm unsure of its age or meaning. I've looked at a plethora of pictorial guides and recognize serif-like hooks consistent with kaishu, but presume its a more modern ...
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Translation of 大日如来寺?

I have gotten interested in an esoteric Buddhist school originating from China and I was wondering what "dari rulai" meant. I have sort of figured out part of it: "dari" is probably great-day or ...
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Why -ian instead of -ien and -üan instead of -üen?

Why are words like 天、面、先、盐 romanized in pinyin as tian, mian, xian, and yan, even though the ending is pronounced [iɛn], and would be better represented as -ien? Likewise, why are words like 卷、全、选、元 ...
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Is lo (咯) valid pinyin?

MDBG and Baidu provide a pronunciation of 咯 (as in the sentence-final particle indicating that something is obvious) as lo5. "lo" isn't listed on Wikipedia's pinyin table, and I thought only bo/po/mo/...
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How correct and how widespread is the usage of writing pinyin “ü” as “yu”?

I've come across a problem. I rendered the character 闾 into English as: lü in an article, but I'm being told that the proper writing should be: lyu Now, to me this looks like gobbledygook -or- ...
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Are begging and ball homonyms in spoken mandarin?

Are 求 (beg) and 球 (ball) both written in pinyin as Qiú homonyms? I am trying to get the pronunciation for ball right. Are there authoritative homonym lists maintained somewhere?
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Asking Chinese mother-in-law to learn pinyin?

I thought about asking this on parenting.se but it seemed specialized enough that this site made more sense. I'm a white man married to a Chinese woman, living in the US. Her parents live in China ...
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On Linux, how do I output Chinese Characters (not pinyin) using tones in the input

I would like to be able to input tone alongside the pronunciation in order to input Chinese characters on Linux (e.g. ta1 = 他, ta2 = 蹹, ta3 = 塔, ta4 = 踏). Most modern IMEs do not allow this input ...
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How do I enter a four-character character using ibus?

I have begun my studies of the Chinese language and tried to set up my computer (which runs the Debian Stretch free operating system) to enable me to type Chinese characters. For that reason, I ...
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Yinwei or Yinvei? 因为

I’m a newbie here. I hear some people say 因为 as “yinwei”, but also some say it sound like “yinvei”. I’m not sure why there is a difference in pronunciation. Hope the question is the new one. If it’s ...
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Is this pinyin alphabet used to spell in Chinese Sign Language? Otherwise, which one is used in Mainland China?

Is this pinyin alphabet used to spell in Chinese Sign Language? Otherwise, which one is used in Mainland China?
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The max number of characters that map to a single pronunciation

So it seems that there is no way to map the Pinyin version of the pronunciation of Chinese words into Chinese characters directly: If Pinyin (or Other Romanization) can be Translated Back into ...
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If Pinyin (or Other Romanization) can be Translated Back into Chinese Characters

From what it sounds like (also here): Chinese characters cannot be faithfully constructed backwards from a tone+syllable combination -- the mapping only goes one way (and even then, sometimes ...
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Is Pinyin recommended for Mandarin Chinese?

Background: I am currently trying to learn Chinese. However, pronunciation isn't as straightforward as I thought. Question: Is Pinyin actually recommended and taught by Mandarin Chinese teachers? I'...
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Do all syllables occur in all tones?

For example, ne and nè are words. But there are no nē, né, or ně. I tried to Google this but I don't find any references to it. It's obviously not by final, because kē, ké, and kě all exist. Is ...
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How to type zero initial in the common Shuangpin Pinyin keyboard layouts?

Over the past few days I've gotten used to the Shuangpin layout. 自然码 to be specific, and I found it to be pretty good. But now I've come across a situation, where I don't know how to type it. And ...
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What is the true pinyin pronunciation for this radical?

I'm trying to learn a new method for learning and understanding chinese characters. So, I decided to start with memorizing every chinese radical. I'm use two different source but both wrote two ...
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What pinyin combinations spell out English words?

I’m always impressed when I see a good combination of pinyin that spells out an English word. I’ve see companies with names similar to: 立刻(出行) li + ke = like People with names like: an + na = Anna ...
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Can Chinese words start with a vowel?

I've been searching around for random words. Dragon = long, green = lǜsè, river = he... I can't seem to find any words that start with a vowel. Do any Chinese words start with a vowel?
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The IPA for pinyin x

Every single source I come across on google list the IPA of pinyin x as /ɕ/, or the voiceless alveolo-palatal fricative. However, the sample sound on Wikipedia is quite distinct from it -- to me (...
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Is the pinyin of 「操」in「情操」and「步操」the same in Mandarin?

Originally posted at http://www.cantonese.sheik.co.uk/phorum/read.php?4,130404 由細到大,自己同身邊嘅人都將「劉備」個「備」字讀成與(比)字同音 而「曹操」個「操」字就讀成與(粗)字同音 但最近睇港版,『三國 』(2013) 「劉備」個「備」字讀成「預備」個「備」 而「曹操」個「操」字就讀成「...
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Sogou IME (on Ubuntu): How to output pinyin with tone marks?

I have Sogou Pinyin on Ubuntu and things work fine, but I haven't been able to figure out how to type Pinyin with tone marks, e.g. 'mǎ', etc. I've looked into the settings but found no option like ...
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Pinyin vs. Pronounciation of 嗯?

I've seen the word "嗯" many times in conversations and songs. I know that it pronounces like "hm", expressing curiosity. But when I check the pinyin of it, according to Wiktionary, it is like such: ...
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Is “ne” used as a pronunciation for any character except 呢?

I am wondering about the Pinyin syllable ne (specifically, nè), because it is the ending of the name of a friend of mine. We are searching for a Chinese character that accurately represents this sound ...
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How do I type 𨳒 on a keyboard?

I am using the Google Cantonese Input and Google Pinyin Input on my phone and cannot find a way to type 𨳒. Even when I switch to the handwriting method, 𨳒 does not come up as an option and I get ...
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Generating ruby markup for HTML

I am very much a beginner, and one of my learning methods is to listen to audio and follow along in text. But generally, my texts are in Hànzì. It's easy enough to convert Hànzì to pīnyīn but I want ...
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Can the pinyin for 边 be either “biān” or “bian” in general?

It looks like authors choose "biān" or "bian" as the pinyin for 边 haphazardly at dict.cn: 东边 = dōng biān 上边 = shàng biān 右边 = yòu bian 左边 = zuǒ biān 旁边 = páng biān 外边 = wài bian 一边 = yī ...
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How well is pinyin known in Taiwan?

I've been using pinyin in my study, but a Taiwanese co-worker recently arrived. I see that Taiwan only made pinyin official in 2009, so I wonder how likely she is to have mastered pinyin, having ...
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Should tone sandhi be written in pinyin?

Tone sandhi is a phonological change occurring in tonal languages, in which the tones assigned to individual words or morphemes change based on the pronunciation of adjacent words or morphemes. ...
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Tones and Pinyin, Foreigners vs Natives

Evidently, tones are a matter of concern for many learners of Chinese (see for example, this question on remembering tones). While learners struggle to describe the properties of tones (is the 3rd ...
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About pronunciation of 大家

Can 大家 be pronounced like dà a ? I heard lots of Chinese'd pronounced just like that. Who can help me with this?
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Would a picture of an ordinary axe be inuitively assoicated with the word 鉞 (yuè)

Background: In this question over at ELU someone posted a picture of a ball with pictures seemingly illustrating the 26 letters of the English alphabet. The only picture that doesn't fit this ...
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Pinyin chart which links to dictionary

Is there a pinyin chart which links to a dictionary? I can only find charts that link to audio files for pronunciation. My goal is to see in one page all the characters that have the same ...
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Need an API to convert Pinyin to Simplified Chinese characters

I need a tool that is like Google's transliterate that will convert Pinyin to Chinese Character. It works like this: http://shawnwow.com/chineseCharacterHelpr/transliterateTest.htm But since it is ...
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How do you say “cupcake”?

What is the pinyin and simplified Chinese characters used for the word cupcake? When looking it up there is no reliable answer. Some people seem to just call it by the chinese words for "cake" but ...
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Please critique my short story

link - http://imgur.com/a/zRhF9 I have written a short story in pinyin for a special person. As for grammar/vocab, feel free to suggest corrections. More importantly, what was your interpretation of ...
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I Want to Switch Baidu to Pinyin from Simplified

I am a new student to learning Chinese and am having quite the problem using the internet. I am learning pinyin first and am wondering how I can change my Baidu account to pinyin from simplified. ...
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Confusions with third-tone reading

I came across a text. It is about shopping at a 商场. In Taiwan, I believe it's shang1 chang2, but in Mainland China, it's shang1 chang3, and I want to go with that one, however, it is causing me ...
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Typing ü on a pc [duplicate]

So, in case you haven't noticed, not many ASCII keyboards have the German umlaut as a key. This doesn't tend to be too much of a problem, but whenever typing something like 绿色, I can never seem to ...
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What's the difference between xuéxí 学习 and xué 学? [duplicate]

I understand they both translate to meaning, "to learn, to study" but what is the purpose of this distinction?
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How to enter pinyin itself under Windows?

Is it possible to enter text as if normal Chinese text is entering i.e. with guessing of correct characters, but later entering Pinyin of entered text, not characters themselves? zhèzhīgǒu
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How to enter 女人 with QQ pinyin?

I have installed QQ pinyin from here http://qq.pinyin.cn/ and now I am trying to enter 女人. I am switching to CN then starting to type: "nur..." but then I press "...e..." and input changes to and ...
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Official Pinyin of 《卜》 in 《卜姓》: “Bǒ”, “Bo” or “Bǔ”?

I've chosen a family for my Chinese name. I derived it from "Булыгин" in Russian. So of course there are no relatives to explain it to me. This family is rare, and in the English Wikipedia I can see ...
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Pinyin of 車 in idioms

In Cantonese, 車 has two pronunciations: [ce1] and [geoi1]. In Mandarin, 車 also has two different pinyin: [che1] and [ju1]. [ce1] corresponds to [che1]. [geoi1] corresponds to [ju1]. In most idioms,...
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Pinyin “jiu” / “you” final pronounciation difference

In Mandarin should there be any difference between the pronounciation of the pinyin final in "jiu" and the pronunciation of the pinyin whole word "you"?