When you are starting to learn Chinese, 拼音 (pīn yīn) is the very first thing you should master.
While many people think of pinyin as a writing system - a way to avoid those scary Chinese characters and write using the alphabet - pinyin is actually a tool for pronunciation. If you want to be understood speaking Chinese, you've got to practice pinyin and all the sounds in Mandarin right from the start.
We cover pinyin in detail and help you practice and improve your pronunciation in our Beginner Conversational Course, so if you haven't already started going through these lessons, check them out before reading the rest of this post:
But it helps to have resources beyond these lessons and reviews to help you improve your pronunciation... especially when there is a particular sound you are having trouble with!
So we created an interactive pinyin chart with audio and video demonstrations of each sound in Mandarin, so you can really focus on the hard ones.
By now, we've received TONS of requests for a version of the chart you can print out and study offline. We heard you loud and clear, so we've created a handy pdf version of the chart you can download. It's perfect for studying on the go, or taping on your wall where you study.
Download the free Pinyin Chart pdf here:
We also have other great free resources in our Download Center!
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YANGYANG CHENG is the founder of Yoyo Chinese and a TV personality. She taught Chinese to MBA students at Pepperdine University. Before that, Yangyang was the host of the popular entertainment TV show "Hello Hollywood!, bringing Western culture to tens of millions of viewers in China. Currently, she teaches Mandarin through video lessons on Yoyo Chinese, and can also be found hosting educational shows on popular channels like the Discovery Channel.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT
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