By now, you¡¯ve probably seen the emblem representing the Beijing 2008 Olympics. What do you think of it?
It¡¯s a very simple design and one that was hardly surprising would be selected by Beijing out of about 1,800 submitted proposals.
Why? Because the heart of the emblem is the name of Beijing, the Chinese character jing.
It means capital and stands for Beijing. read on...
¡°Just give me the basics!¡±
That¡¯s what this guide is all about.
It¡¯s all that you need to know about Chinese pronunciation to get by. The 80% that¡¯s important.
To speak Mandarin, the first thing to learn is Chinese pronunciation of words using the system known as pinyin.
Pinyin is the Romanized Chinese phonetic system and is the most effective aid to learning Mandarin today. (Romanized means using English alphabets.)
Pinyin was invented in the 1950¡¯s so that anyone, especially English speaking foreigners, could learn Chinese pronunciation easily. Most of the letters in pinyin have the same sounds as letters of the alphabet ¨C with only a few exceptions.
It¡¯s really a very practical pronunciation system. Can you imagine an English speaker trying to pronounce Chinese characters without pinyin? Read more...