Just heard the news that the PRC government is going to abolish all use of Chinese characters, and replace them with pinyin. Bad times.
What is the best Android Chinese input method? I’ve used Android for quite a while now and need to input Chinese pretty much constantly on a daily basis, mostly for text chatting with people. I have another requirement for the input method on my phone, though: it has to be good at Chinese and English […]
The ‘word-character error’ is my term for a common mistake that people learning Chinese make: getting the characters in a word confused when they’re seen in isolation.
I deleted the pinyin field from my Mandarin Anki deck because I think I learn better without being able to see pinyin for every sentence.
If you need another way to practice writing Chinese characters, give Google Translate’s pinyin-generation feature a try. It’s a nice way to practice hanzi.
You can make your Chinese typing lightening fast by using incomplete pinyin. Just type the first letter of each syllable, and let the smart pinyin system work it’s magic!
Attention Mandarin beginners! Do you pronounce the pinyin syllables xue and shui the same? If so, find out why you shouldn’t and what the difference is.
Gwoyeu Romatzyh is a now little-used romanisation system for Mandarin Chinese. It’s unusual in that it includes the tone in the actual spelling of each syllable, without using tone marks or numbers.
Type v to get ü. Just a quick tip on typing u with an umlaut (aka diaeresis or trema) in pinyin input systems. You can also combine with number keys to get tone marks above the diaeresis: ǖ, ǘ, ǚ, ǜ.
Most people use pinyin-based input methods to type Chinese. Another option is Wubi, and it offers a lot of advantages, especially for learners. Find out why.
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