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Pinyin (Chinese: 拼音) is a way to represent Chinese characters and express the sounds in the Chinese language using the alphabet.


Initials and finals

The pronunciation and spelling of Chinese words are generally given in terms of initials and finals, which represent the segmental phonemic portion of the language, rather than letter by letter...


Tones and Rules

Words in Mandarin that have the same pronunciation can have different meanings depending on how the word is said. The "tone" of a word describes how the the pitch of the speaker's voice changes as the word is said...


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