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All Things Pinyin/Zhuyin ❥

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Pinyin Charts

By All Set Learning

HAS ZHUYIN

This is one of the the best Pinyin chart available online.

It has all syllables with all tones, and also offers transcriptions in the International Phonetic Alphabet, Zhuyin and Wade-Giles.

 

By Yoyo Chinese

BEST ONLINE

This is hands down the best Pinyin Chart online and its FREE!

Yang Yang, the site’s owner provides videos within the chart to help you pronounce hard pinyin properly.

When appropriate, she shows you how your mouth should be shaped as the words are formed and where your tongue should be. 

Click on “Video-based Pinyin Chart” in top menu to access this chart.

This entry contains an affiliate link, but as you will I am not motivated by that.  It truly is the best out there.

Yang Yang was my first teacher, and I love her.

By Yabla

A simple interface allows you to listen to native audio for all syllables.

What I really enjoy is its invitation to “Study Tone Pairs” at the bottom of the page.  

Their tone pairs game is great for listening practice.

Web Based Tools

A simple interface allows you to convert Chinese to pinyin with tone marks, tone numbers or without tones.

 

By 中文 Converter

This converter is simplistic.  Input Chinese and get your choice of Pinyin or Zhuyin (Bopomofo).

By Google

I use Google Translate all the time!  Don’t discount it.

While its “translation” ability often leaves much to be desired, I like using it to convert large blocks of text to pinyin.

Pinyin appears under the Chinese text and can be copied and then pasted elsewhere.

Pinyin Info

GUIDE

Here you will find a very useful “guide” to writing pinyin correctly.

Learn the basic rules for writing pinyin, where to place tone marks, information about the history of pinyin and other romanization systems (MPS2, Wade-Giles, Yale) and more.

By Purple Culture

When I am creating social media post, you can be certain  this tool is open.  

Its simple interface allow you to type pinyin with numbers and convert it to proper pinyin.

Example:  Input “Wang1 Dong1 Cheng2” and get “Wāng Dōng Chéng.”

By Purple Culture

A simple interface allows you to input characters and instantly get your choice of pinyin or zhuyin (also called “Bopomofo”).

What is Zhuyin? Mandarin Phonetic Symbols.  Like pinyin, it transcribes all possible sounds in Mandarin.  

Zhuyin is commonly used in Taiwan.  In fact, many of my Taiwanese friends cannot “read” pinyin.

Apps

Pinyin
By All Set Learning

This free app is available for iOS.

This is the only pinyin chart for the iPad to make full use of zooming and panning controls to make pinyin study easy and enjoyable.

The interface is simple, clean, and ad-free. Every pinyin syllable has audio associated, and toggling between the four different tones is easy.

More advanced students of Chinese will enjoy the pinyin chart’s support for alternate phonetic representations of Mandarin Chinese.

The app comes with support for the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) for free, but other romanization systems like Wade-Giles, as well as alternate representations like zhuyin (used in Taiwan) are available by in-app purchase.

Pinyin
By Chinese Pod

This free app is available for iOS and Android.

About (Taken From App Store): A free full-featured app to learn the pronunciation system for Chinese.

Features include interactive charts with both male and female pronunciation recordings to help make sure you’re speaking correctly.

Also includes a tutorial on the writing system and how it is used, taking you through all the characters to help you get the basics down.

The iOS app has not been updated in some time, but is still working in March 2020.

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