Mandarin Chinese: Learn It Yourself (LIY)

One Stop Resources Available for All Levels of Chinese Learners

iKan Chinese Language Centre (ICLC) is pleased to keep posting some simple and easy Chinese materials for self-learning on this website, including some useful tips and tricks on the language study. Please bookmark it. To meet advanced learners' needs, we also write and post something for them to practise reading and writing skills in addition to oral presentation.

Any suggestion or comments are welcome, please email us.


Pinyin - the Most Powerful Tool

What's Pinyin?

Pinyin, which is also called Hanyu Pinyin, is the official romanization system for standard spoken Chinese in mainland China, Singapore and Taiwan. Pinyin in Mandarin Chinese literally means "spell the sound" of a Chinese character or phrase. It is the most powerful tool to help people learn the standard pronunciation of Chinese characters and words, as well as sentences.

How many alphabet letters are used in Pinyin?

In total, 26 individual letters are used in Pinyin. It includes letter ΓΌ and all letters of the English alphabet excluding letter v.

Is Pinyin used in general Chinese publications?

The short answer is No. Usually, Pinyin is not used in general Chinese publications.