Have you ever wondered why China and Taiwan use two different forms of Mandarin? What is the difference between Pinyin and Zhuyin?. Using the Windows 10 MS Bopomofo or MS Pinyin keyboards for Hanyu Pinyin input of Traditional Chinese. When you’re learning Chinese in school or university, you will most likely first learn some form of Pinyin for a period of time before progressing.

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Plus when you take into account accents including the Taiwanese accent all the carefully learned phonetic distinctions require re-mapping anyways.

The Case for Zhuyin

When in Traditional character mode, the candidate list will not sort automatically based on frequency of usage. I got a lot out of kids books. Consider the following text:. BCE Brahmic family see E. Zhuyin vs Pinyin Since returning from China a short period spent in Taiwan I spent over two years on and off between work etc.

As you said a big problem is that if you see pinyin and characters you read the pinyin. BCE Meroitic 3 c.

PinYin and BoPoMoFo ZhuYin Equivalence

October Learn how and when to remove this template message. Of course, I knew Zhuyin well, but with little knowledge about Pinyin.

Did you know that there are two ways to locate the zhuyi phonetic symbols? Any ideas on specifically learning the tones would be appreciated. Taiwan, however, stuck with Zhuyin. Classical Chinese is a traditional style bopomofi written Chinese that evolved from the classical language, making it different from any modern spoken form of Chinese. I hope this post helps somebody because I never heard it mentioned: Padonkaffsky jargon Russian Translit Volapuk.

Unlike Hanyu Pinyin, Zhuyin aligns well with the hanzi characters in books whose texts are printed vertically, making Zhuyin better suited for annotating the pronunciation of vertically oriented Chinese text. Ciaocibai, when I started learning Chinese here in Taiwan, the teacher taught us Zhuyin, we spent around two weeks on bopomofi it, then gradually crossed over to reading Zhuyin and Chinese together.


The USA achieved this to great success through the export primarily of movies and music — both of which are reliant upon the listener understanding the language. You may find this or another button greyed out, because Windows 10 tries to give you only options the developers think are best for your PC.

BCE Samaritan 6 c.

CE Canadian syllabics Hebrew 3 c. As for accents, yes Taiwan as a huge number of second language Mandarin speakers, as is common in Southern China. My personal thoughts are: Select “Options”, and then in the next settings panel scroll down to the Microsoft Pinyin keyboard, select it to pknyin the buttons, and select “Options” there:.

Haikou dialect Hainan Romanised. Compare the Shuowen seal. This is not bopomofl obvious in Pinyin: In English translations, the system is often also called either Chu-yin or the Mandarin Phonetic Symbols.

Unsourced material may be bipomofo and removed. The last renaming addressed fears that the alphabetic system might independently replace Chinese characters.

Then if you’re lucky, in the Language options control panel, you’ll find an “Options” link for Microsoft Pinyin, which will open a control panel where you can make this change. I refuse to even type the camel case they use there It is also used to transcribe other varieties of Chineseparticularly other varieties of Standard Chinese and related Mandarin dialectsas well as Taiwanese Hokkien. By the s, two Latin-based orthographies had been developed for Chinese.

One would only need a week or two to memorize it. In pinyin, a macron indicates the first tone and the lack of a marker indicates the fifth tone.


The Commission on the Unification of Pronunciationled by Wu Zhihui from tocreated a system called Zhuyin Zimu[5] which was based on Zhang Binglin ‘s shorthand. Pinyin is the most common way to first teach Chinese pronunciation and tones.

Symbols of Bopomofo are derived from Mandarin or ancient characters; they are similar in pronunciation or bopomofoo. He said sometimes he gets confused when bopomofl Pinyin. Pinyin chart with zhuyin support — Hacking Chinese: October 22, at 4: Compare the Warring States bamboo form. We can only hope these missing features will reappear in a free update I do agree with you about that the capital sin of text books is to locate the pinyin so and make it so prominent that the eye of a bopomofl is drawn to them automatically.

The Quick History of Zhuyin and Pinyin. It was used for all formal writing up until the early 20th century. Additionally, one children’s newspaper in Taiwan, the Mandarin Daily Newsannotates all articles with Zhuyin ruby characters. As soon as you give a punyin a romanisation then their pronunciation goes a bit array because they are trying to read the romanisation with interferrence from using the roman alphabet for another language.

Learning Chinese – Pinyin or Zhuyin?

On the next panel that appears, scroll down if necessary and find “Microsoft Bopomofo”, select it to reveal those buttons, and click “Options” there too:. BCE Aramaic 8 c. October 19, at Zhuyin can be more efficient for typing if you have the correct software! CE Greek 8 c.