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Is Pinyin a Considered a Separate Language?

I've been learning some Chinese with the course Duolingo offers, in Mandarin.

I'm just curious, is Pinyin considered a separate language from Chinese and English, or is it Chinese in another form?

I saw separately on a table with the characters, Pinyin, and then English translation.

November 24, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gabzerbinatoEng

Pinyin is a phonetic transcription for Mandarin.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OmegaGmaster

Interestingly, Pinyin is a language, but it's completely unrelated to Mandarin or any other Sinitic language.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gabzerbinatoEng

That's super interesting, it even features uvular nasal sounds :D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Keith_APP

I couldn't help but laughed. (Sorry to be impolite. My full respect to the people using it.)

原来如此 is the Chinese wisdom I would use. Say it when you suddenly understand something you have never thought about.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/missy20201

No, it's like the same thing with Japanese symbols vs romaji. Same language, just in letters instead of characters.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dubhglasM

Pinyin is not a language but a writing system. Writing systems are arbitrary sets of symbols used to represent some aspect of (typically) the sounds of a language. Pinyin is a system for using letters from the Roman alphabet to indicate the sounds of Modern Standard Mandarin (which people commonly call 'Chinese').

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