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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Problem with Windows 10 Chinese Input

Disclaimer: I started to learn chinese a few weeks ago.. I just installed the Chinese Simplified input method on my Windows 10 laptop and started doing some tests with pinyin and Microsoft Word. ...
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Is Wade-Giles “Shih” pronounced the same as Pinyin “Shi”?

I was wondering if the Wade-Giles pronunciation of "Shih", as in "Chiang Chieh-shih" is pronounced the same as the Pinyin pronunciation of "Shi" as in "Jiang Jieshi". Thank you.
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What does this mean in English, very few words (Screenshot inside)?

What does this mean in English if you translate it? And what does this mean in pinyin, please tell me its very important!
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Why is 台北 spelled Taipei, not Taibei?

I just tried to type in taipei in iOS but it didn't return any correct prediction. After my investigation, I found that it is taibei, not taipei, to get the correct pinyin result. However, now I ...
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In ancient China, was there an equivalent of pinyin?

The question is the title. Considering pinyin is in romanised form, did the ancient Chinese have pinyin to help them learn characters, or did they just have to repeat them hundreds of times to help ...
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What percent of the Chinese speakers can read the Latin alphabet? [closed]

What percent of the Chinese speakers can read the Latin alphabet? Does someone has some official statistics?
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What is the difference sound between zi and ze?

I am currently learning the difference between zi and ze sound, and it is so hard for me to learn this. Could somebody tell the difference between them ? How to distinguish between zi and ze sound ? ...
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API for transliterating a traditional character (writing the pinyin)?

I was wondering if anyone here is aware of an API out there on the net anywhere that can receive a traditional character and send back the pinyin for it in JSON?
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Looking for Pinyin/Traditional Characters eBooks

I am hoping that someone here can point me in the right direction. I am looking for some reading material so that I can practice my pronunciation. What I would like to find is the following: A ...
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Difference between duìbùqǐ and duìbuqǐ

I have seen examples that show 对不起 as duìbùqǐ and duìbuqǐ in pinyin. For instance: 对不起,我踩到你的脚了。 duìbùqǐ, wǒ cǎi dào nǐ de jiǎole. 对不起,我听不懂。 duìbuqǐ, wǒ tīng bù dǒng. Similarly, I have also seen the ...
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Why would the name of the 慈祐宮 temple in Taipei sometimes be written “Cinyou” instead of “Ciyou”?

Near where I'm staying in Taipei there is a temple called 慈祐宮. Most signs write 慈祐 in pinyin as "Ciyou", but some write it as "Cinyou". Would this just be a mistake or could there be a reason for it: ...
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Is Chinese really that ambigous in oral communication?

"I still am super grateful that all TV shows in China have subtitles (in Chinese) because even Chinese people will get a bit confused as to what's being said without the characters specifying which of ...
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which one is correct and why “我看书看很长时间” or ”我很长时间看书”

can we say ”我很长时间看书“?meaning I have read a book for a long time. is it possible to put duration in the beginning?
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Should Pinyin be written as it is (collectively) pronounced or in terms of the individual syllables?

As in the title, should something like 不对 be written as bù duì (as in the individual characters) or as bú duì (the way it's actually spoken)? I know that my teacher writes e.g. 你好 as nǐ hǎo (i.e. ...
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How can I change the icon used for a keyboard input type in Mac

I do a lot of writing in different languages and have keyboard input types set up with hot keys so I switch easily. I'm currently in Taiwan studying Mandarin and added the "traditional" Chinese input ...
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Pronunciation of 一 in 一边

I am struggling with the pronunciation of the 一 in 一边. The usage I am particularly concerned with is describing simultaneous tasks, as here. My understanding is that 一 is pronounced as first tone ...
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How to write characters containing the ǚ pinyin symbol in most common Chinese Input Methods?

I am using four different input methods for typing 汉字. Most of them share the same principles for translating what you type in pinyin to Chinese characters. But I am unable to figure out how to type ...
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Is there an online program that can type pinyin for traditional Chinese?

I studied pinyin so I naturally type simplified Chinese but now I want to type traditional Chinese. Is there a program available where I can type traditional Chinese using Pinyin method? Thanks
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What is the correct sentence structure in pinyin? [closed]

I'm a little confused wrt to the basic sentence structure: Is "Nimen he shenme?" correct. Also can someone point out what is the basic structure for sentences and questions as in: Subject + Verb + ...
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How do I pronounce romanised Chinese names which lack tone marks?

In the West, Chinese names almost never seem to be written using pinyin tone marks or numbers. For example, the current president's name will simply be written as Xi Jinping. I had to Google to ...
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What Methods Are Used by Mandarin Learners Who Speak Japanese?

I'm studying Mandarin via ChineseSkill for Android, and a problem has arisen. I understand a little Japanese, and so rather than listening to the spoken phrases that I'm supposed to translate, I find ...
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Which is better for learning tones, Pinyin or Gwoyeu Romatzyh?

"If you go after Mandarin, choose the somewhat uncommon GR over pinyin romanization if at all possible. It’s harder to learn at first, but I’ve never met a pinyin learner with tones even half as ...
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Can the dialectical final “ue” be written in pinyin “ue”?

The final ue can be found in some Chinese dialects/topolects. It seems to also be written properly as uɛ if I'm not mistaken. The Wikipedia page for Sichuanese Mandarin lists an example: uɛ ...
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Why some characters have different sounds? [duplicate]

My translator (Pleco) says that 乐 is pronunced as le. However, 音乐 seems to be pronunced as yīnyuè. Why? Is it possible to know if a character has different sounds depending on the context?
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Can I type pinyin in Debian Linux?

I'm working on Debian Wheezy Linux. I've seen some posts using pinyin tone marks. I was wondering if I can do that in Linux (Debian Wheezy). How can I configure it?
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Braille and Chinese Input

Is it possible to use a Braille keyboard to input chinese with the pinyin input method? How could a blind user ever be able to choose the right character combination if they cannot see it? The words ...
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Best Android keyboard for inserting pinyin, simplified, and traditional characters

I am making a word list of Chinese words: Column 1: simplified chinese word Column 2: traditional chinese word Column 3: word meaning Column 4: pinyin pronounciation So, I am looking for a keyboard ...
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Where to find improved/tonal pinyin input method? [duplicate]

I'm on an Android 4.4.2 device but solutions for PCs and Macs will be welcome too. I am using the default Samsung keyboard on the Samsung Galaxy SIII Neo. When I entrer the characters "shu" I get 书 ...
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Pinyin to Chinese characters

I'm trying to learn Chinese from books, online tutorials, but mostly from Rosetta Stone. I'm just starting, so there's still a lot I'm probably not understanding - so I don't know if I'm even asking ...
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How to type chinese using an English keyboard?

I'm trying to learn the Chinese language using ChineseSkill for Android. There are some sections / steps within the lesson that ask me to translate the English sentence to Chinese, but I don't have a ...
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Where to start/continue my learning?

你好!我是美国人, 我做在中国 一年 也学习中文一年。我想 to continue with 我的中国学习. 现在 我能 rate my 中国口语 level as intermediate, 拼音 and 汉字 beginner level. I have not formally 学习 the language. 我的 method for learning thus far as just ...
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Zhuyin (bopomofo) vs Pinyin

I have learnt to use both zhuyin and pinyin for spelling out the pronunciation of a character. As far as I know, the two systems serve the same purpose and are interchangeable in terms of syllables. ...
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What is the Socio-linguistic Function of Mixing Pinyin and Characters Together By Adult Native Chinese Writers?

Several linguistics-oriented scholars, most notably Dr Mair, have recently noted the growing trend in written Chinese discourse towards "digraphia" - the dual use of Pinyin and Chinese characters as ...
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Should names in idiomatic expressions be capitalised?

As the title indicates, I'd like to know the proper way of writing Pinyin for idiomatic expressions that contain names. Should those names be capitalised? Some dictionaries say that they should (Pleco ...
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Why is 那儿 just one syllable?

I was confused to find that nar4 is 那儿. I cannot figure out how to reproduce this with a pinyin IME. I type na and it gets the first character but when I type r it suggests 人 and refuses to let me ...
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Some self-sufficient Chinese phrases. Help me?

I would love to learn some more functional Chinese, especially Chinese that will allow me to become self sufficient in my own learning. I have a year of Chinese under my belt, but I am having trouble ...
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Is there any difference in pinyin between bia and ba in pronunciation?

Is there any difference in pinyin between bia and ba in mandarin? I noticed that some of the pin yin is the same pronunciation but some pinyin, for instance, bia, never be used in Mandarin
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Why is the pinyin of these two character is so weird?

話's pinyin is hua instead of wua. 化's pinyin is hua instead of fua. We see that these two character pronounce differently when we speaks in mandarin. Why is the pinyin of these two character is so ...
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Pinyinated 'm' with four tone marks?

I know 'm' is a pinyin pronunciation. Looking through my dictionaries I've seen it listed in first, second and fourth tones. I can't seem to find the correct accented lower-case 'm's anywhere though......
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The Shi Shi Shi Shi Shi poem?

A while ago I came across this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi_Shi_shi_shi_shi Very interesting. I wonder if there's any more homophonic poems like this? Or even is there a genre?
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How do game and program developers solve the pinyin input problem in their programs [closed]

I always wondered about this and never felt the need to ask because I figured I would figure it out on my own. But I can't find an answer. All of these games, especially multiplayer games, we people ...
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Why so many definitions associated with each word?

I'm learning a little Chinese out of curiosity, and I have a basic question about the language as a whole, rather than a specific technical question about a particular word or character. Sorry if this ...
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I can't recognise the 八 radical in many characters

I have my oxford and tuttle dictionary in front of me and the radical list has a lot of characters with 八 as it's radical, which means "divide" apparently. But where is this radical in 兰 ,半 ,弟, 单 etc ...
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When do I use V for Ü in Pinyin programs

I use a program called Sougou, which is very poopular in China I think. Sometimes I use the Microsoft pinyin language option. Sougou is very good at guessing my characters based on context, but ...
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Pinyin “h” sound, pronounciation

I notice that the pinyin "h" is in many books just the same as in English. But when I listen to people, some people stress the "h" and there is a tiny gggg, and some gurgling sometimes (hope this is ...
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Characters to pinyin for names?

I am aware that there are some difficulties in automatic conversion of characters to pinyin, because the same character can be pronounced in different ways depending on the context. Do these problems ...
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How to write “BiángBiáng麵” using pinyin?

Alternatively, can you write the character by strokes (that the pinyin input recognizes it and that the character can be found among all the other stored characters)?
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Uncommon (Unorthodox?!) Pinyin: What are these?

I find this sort of uncommon, unorthodox, whatever you wanna call it, pinyin very fascinating. These are the ones that I know of already - that, apparently, are still considered to be Mandarin. What I'...
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Letters for chinese wedding invitation

I'm looking for the (traditional) Chinese letters for 'he fu tong qing' (pin yin transcription), which should mean something like 'the whole family invited' in the context of a wedding invitation.
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Learn Chinese Step 1: Sounds (Pinyins). How different is it to English sounds and are there any good tips to learn? [closed]

Many Mandarin Chinese teachers claim that the step 1 for Learning Chinese is: Sounds (Pinyins). How different is it to English sounds and are there any good tips to learn?