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.
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').