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postheadericon Chinese Alphabets

Nowadays, when we talk about Chinese alphabets, we mean the official Chinese romanization system Pinyin or Hanyu Pinyin 汉语拼音。

In history, people have used four major kinds of Chinese alphabetic transcription
Yale romanization of Mandarin
Romanization of Chinese in Taiwan – 通用拼音 ( They tried to be different from Hanyu Pinyin used in Mainland China)for some political reasons)
Hanyu Pinyin 汉语拼音 or just Pinyin which is the modern international standard for standard Chinese transcription.

So if you learned Pinyin, and someone asks you if you know Chinese alphabets, you would say “Of course”.

Let’s get started to learn some basic Pinyin 拼音

postheadericon One Two Three in Chinese

We show you how to say numbers in Mandarin Chinese.
Let’s start with one two three in Mandarin.
一二三 ( Yī, èr, sān )
Yes! One stroke is one! Two for two and three for three!
Jyutping:jat① ji⑥ saam①
Pinyin:yi① er④ san①
Pinyin: yī èr sān
(Those numbers are for the tones in Cantonese and Mandarin)
With Google translate, you can easy learn
1)how to say one two three in both Mandarin and Spanish here.
2)How to say “One Two Three” in Mandarin Chinese and Vietnamese here.
3)How to say “1, 2, 3” in Mandarin Chinese and Japanese(Ichi, ni, san).
4)How to say “1, 2, 3” in Mandarin and French(French:Un, deux, trois).
Benny’s Chinese lesson to teach you how to say 1 to 99 in Mandarin Chinese:

He’s one of the best!

Here’s our previous article to show you one to three is much easier in Chinese than in English:

postheadericon Mandarin Chinese

The official Chinese language is Mandarin Chinese. In Mainland China, it is called 普通话 Putonghua, meaning common speech. In Taiwan, it is called 國語 simplified:国语 ),meaning the national language.)

You may learn Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese here on our site

You can find 15 Free Mandarin Lessons and Mandarin flash cards and books to learn Mandarin.

Mandarin Chinese for Kids

In the US, the best way to teach the kids to learn Chinese is to send them to Chinese school (weekend Chinese school or after school programs that have Chinese lessons.)

If the after school program can teach your kids to pick up some Chinese everyday instead of only one or two times a week, it would be the best.

If it is not possible for you, you can find some online Chinese lessons for kids like 中文天下 . (Don’t be confused with, which is only a website for adults to learn Chinese.)

Actually, one of the most popular online Chinese learning website is, which is based in Shanghai and offers you great Chinese lessons with mp3 and pdf for Mandarin Chinese learners.

Mandarin Chinese Dictionaries Online

To master Mandarin Chinese, you need to have some good online tools. One of the popular Chinese dictionary is, which gives you 例句 (example sentences ) with Chinese/English translation. is one of best Chinese-English and English-Chinese online dictionary. For example: What does Chinese mean in Chinese?

Mandarin Chinese Pronunciation Dictionary

Our online Mandarin Chinese Pronunciation Dictionary gives you both Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese pronunciation with Jyutping and Pinyin. Try it out.

postheadericon Chinese Input

Our online Chinese input is very popular in Google search. A big thanks for our fans and their referrals.

Actually if you do need a better Chinese input online tool, you may use Google Translate.
You may type simplified or traditional Chinese in Pinyin, Wubi, Zhuyin without installing any software on your computer.

chinese input at Google Translate

chinese input at Google Translate

Are you ready to try it out? Click here: Google Chinese Input Online.

Tips for using this wonderful Online Chinese Pinyin input tool:
1)You may just type the initials for phrases. For example, you can type: gs for 公司 or 告诉 or 故事 or 改善。
If you want to type 中华人民共和国 or 走火入魔, all you need to type is “zhrm” four letters and type 1 or 2 for the phrase.
2)When you don’t see the characters you want, you can just type “=” or “-” to page down and up the five choices it offers. (“=” is actually the same key as “+”, so just remember + or – to page down and up.)

chinese input page down in Google Translate Pinyin Input

chinese input page down in Google Translate Pinyin Input

postheadericon How Could Learning the Chinese Language Change Your Life?

The thought of learning a difficult subject like the Chinese language can be extremely daunting.However, if you are looking for an incentive to do this then you just need to think about how your new knowledge could change your life for the better.

Travel More

China is one of the world’s most exciting travel destinations right now, but the fear of not being understood still puts a lot of people off the idea of going there. If you make the effort to learn The Chinese tongue then the wonders of the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the country’s other great historical treasures will be easier to explore. If you are comfortable with the language then you will also be able to travel more independently and without spending so much money on it.

Get a New Job

The increasing importance of the Chinese language means that it is also now a skill which can help you get a better job. There are many foreign companies now doing business with their Chinese counterparts and this means that many of them need employees who can speak both English and Chinese. It is easy to think that a job which makes use of your language skills means working as a translator but this doesn’t have to be the case. There are many types of bilingual jobs around and these are often exciting roles which will let you practice the Chinese you have learned.

Get a New Hobby

The learning of a second language is a long process which needs a lot of patience. In fact, it is best approached as a hobby rather than a chore. If you do it this way then you are more likely to stick with it and learn everything you need to become completely comfortable with the language. This means making the learning process fun and trying to fit it into your life in the ways which best suit you.

Expand Your Horizons

The mere act of learning a foreign tongue means that you automatically expand your horizons and see the world in a new way. Best of all, you can now learn without travelling far to get a native speaking tutor. For Chinese lessons Miami is a great place to get started although it is far from the only option in North America. If you want top Chinese classes Washington, New York and many other cities give you the chance to learn without a lot of hassle.

postheadericon Why do you need to learn Pinyin?

Although learning Chinese characters is important and helpful for your Chinese study, you need to master the tool called Pinpin. Why do you need to learn Pinyin? Why Pinyin is important?

\Here’s a good video by Emma explaining why Pinyin is important and helpful for Chinese learners.

Mind you, you should never only rely on Pinyin to learn Chinese.
For a kid, it is always good to learn some (200 to 300) characters first before you learn Pinyin as in Prof. Liping Ma’s textbook ( )

My daughter (7-year-old) started to learn Chinese at weekend Chinese school and I chose a class using their textbook. The school is at

You can easily find Pinyin with a way in the following video at Google Translate:

You can also get the Pinyin with tone marks at 发音字典 by
You may also find some great materials at our Chinese Learning bookstore

postheadericon Test Your Chinese

OK. Please listen to this video and tell us all the sentences you can catch:

有时候 = Sometimes
生日蛋糕 = Birthday cake(s)
一只羊 = a sheep

You sure can

learn Chinese with Emma

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postheadericon They Have to Learn Chinese!

DingDing Kids Video from Dingding TV.
The title is “Being forced to learn Chinese reluctantly”

The Kids were forced to learn Chinese!

But most of them really appreciate it after they grow up!

postheadericon Happy Father’s Day

Before we review how to say “Happy Father’s Day” in Cantonese and Mandarin, let look at the video

How to Say Have a nice Weekend in Japanese

Well, I’m still learning Japanese, which means I’m still a student!

Now the Father’s Day stuff:

Happy Father’s Day in Cantonese

Heres the Jyutping for the Chinese characters:父亲节快乐
父亲 = father
= holiday
快乐 = happy

Happy Father’s Day in Mandarin

postheadericon What Does It Mean by 囧 ?

How do you pronounce this character? It is very popular on the Web.
Honestly, I didn’t learn it at school. It doesn’t mean I was not good enough. I was one of the top students then.
However, it means I do need to catch up with the new trendy things as a ‘linguist’ 🙂
You may click this Chinese character to get the Cantonese pronunciation Jyutping and Mandarin Pinyin along with the sounds.
1. adjective [文言] same as (jiǒng), bright
2. adjective [网络聊天用语] stupefied; depressed, chill, embarrassed

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