Honestly, when we did intensive language courses in China, you learn pinyin for one lesson, and that was it. You learn the pinyin of a character, but the most important is the tones of the character (especially when speaking).
Pinyin is basically the letters that represent each character. I really recommend everyone to find an online lesson and learn the pronunciation and grouping of pinyin first! (It really helps later on)
I like Duo's Japanese course to teach hiragana, I think it would benefit learners here to learn basic brush strokes for simplified Chinese characters.
As a Hong Kong speaker I'd also like the option to switch to traditional characters as that's the way I've learnt to read and would like to maintain my studies.
I believe this site can be of tremendous help https://www.yellowbridge.com/chinese/dictionary.php
Pinyin is a device created after PRC founded in 1949 in order to help people pronounce Mandarin Chinese and promote education.（People in different regions of China speak 100+ languages/dialects, among which there are 30+ written ones.）
Thanks to the missioners from Italy (eg: Matteo Ricci 1552-1610), France (eg: Nicolas Trigualt), & Britain (eg: Robert Morrison/ Thomas Wade), and the 19th-century Chinese phonologists, the pinyin we use today is composed of Latin alphabets and four tones. #PS. The first try of phonetic notation for Chinese characters was not Latin but Arabian.
Anyway, learn pinyin as Mandarin 101 so that you can look up any character, word, and idiom in dictionaries without any help from others.
Hi. I have a question concerning this course. I have a method of my own to study Chinese. I would like to study Chinese without the characters to an intermediate levels. Could this course be modified in a way that one could study it through by writing Pinyin when Chinese script is required?
I have also another question: I already know some basic Chinese with Pinyin: Maybe some 500 words or so. I don't know exactly. I would like to write with Pinyin with my Chinese friends. I don't want it to transform into Chinese characters. How could the all the tones be written with my Finnish keyboard setting? I have tried to find for hints from internet but I haven't found anything. I already can write the second and the fourth tone with a letter and a mark combination, for example: à and á. When I write Chinese I need to write the third tone upside down with my keyboard: â. And the first tone I just mark like a1: So for example. Jin1 tian1 wô zài xué hànyû gen1 wô de péngyou.
Not sure if I understand correctly, but you can select Chinese keyboard software from the language settings of your computer or smart phone. Its better to type characters directly with them, since you know their hanyupinyin it will be a little easier, it's better for your language learning journey in the long run anyway.
There's no alphabet for Chinese, but the characters are still systematic. See my post for more details: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/37165405?comment_id=37167582
If you're on Windows 10: Go to the Settings, select Time and Language, and then Region and Language on the side. Click "Add a language" and search for Chinese. (If I'm correct, this is simplified Chinese, China.) If you want to add handwriting as a function, click on the added language, options, and download "Handwriting." Then restart your computer. You should be able to change the language you type in on the taskbar.
If you run something that isn't Windows 10, you can look it up, or do something similar in Control Panel, I assume.
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