Mandarin Chinese Pinyin Chart with Audio - Yabla Chinese
About Pinyin Hanyu Pinyin is the official system to transcribe Mandarin Chinese sounds into the Roman alphabet. It was invented in 1950s, and adopted as a standard in mainland China in 1958. Pinyin is used for several purposes, such as teaching Chinese, transcribing names and places into the roman alphabet, and used as an input method for typing Chinese characters. Pinyin is not the only system devised to transcribe Chinese sounds into roman letters. An older system called Wade-Giles was used in the first half of the 20th century, and it has left its mark on the English language. The j, q, x vs. zh, ch, sh sounds Native English speakers often have trouble distinguishing between these sounds. Below are links to videos in the Yabla format that illustrate the difference.