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From Chinese Mandarin 拼音 (pīnyīn)

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  1. A system of romanization (phonetic notation and transliteration to roman script) for Mandarin Chinese based on the Mandarin dialect of the Beijing area used in the People’s Republic of China.

Although pinyin helps with pronouncing Chinese characters, one should be aware of the limits of its use as a pronunciation system. It mostly uses letters of the basic Roman alphabet, but some of these do not represent the sound that might normally be expected by an English reader. Other than to express tonality, the only letter with diacritics that is used is “ü”. It uses four different diacritics on vowels to represent tones: ā, á, ǎ, à, but these are often replaced with the superscripts 1 2 3 4 respectively when the diacritics cannot easily be represented.


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Pinyin (Pinyin pīnyīn, traditional and simplified 拼音)

  1. Pinyin: a system of romanization for Mandarin Chinese
    Ni xueguo Pinyin ma? "Have you learned Pinyin?"
    Hanyu Pinyin shi Zhongguo de biaozhun yeshi shijie de biaozhun.Pinyin is the standard for China as well as for the world.

Pinyin m. (uncountable)

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