Memory Centre: 拼音的秘密 (pīnyīn de mìmì) Pinyin secrets, part II

Welcome to part II of 拼音的秘密 (pīnyīn de mìmì) Pinyin secrets! Let’s get right into it, shall we? -ui is actually -uei An easy one to start with! You can hear in shuǐ (水) that there’s actually an “e” hidden in there! The -an sound is different to the “an” bit in -ang I know,…

Memory Centre: 拼音的秘密 (pīnyīn de mìmì) Pinyin secrets, part I

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “why is it that the 拼音 (pīnyīn) for this word doesn’t look like what I’m hearing?” That’s because 拼音 (pīnyīn) has secrets! We’ll look at a few today, so don’t fret 🙂 z, c, s, zh, ch, sh, and r all use a different -i final than everything…

繁體 (fántǐ) Traditional, 简体 (jiǎntǐ) Simplified, and 拼音 (pīnyīn.) What’s the deal?

So you may have heard some of these words bandied about, and you’re wondering to yourself, what’s going on here? Why is it so complicated? Is Chinese that complicated? Languages are not unchanging, they’re a fluid body of knowledge, and that is never more clear than with the Chinese language. Once upon a time, in…