Pinyin Rules

March 09, 2010, 11:30 PM posted in I Have a Question

I am currently learning Chinese on Cpod and at an evening class (once a week). I have been given a sheet with the task to:

Write down the following Pinyin in the correct form and read it:

  1. ū iā
  2. uéng ián
  3. ǜ uàng
  4. üàn ì
  5. ú ǚ
  6. ǚ iè
  7. uāng iáng
  8. ǔ í
  9. ún í
  10. ǚ ún
  11. īng ǔ
  12. ì ù

Now, in the last five mins of my last class we ran through some pinyin rules:

  • if a word begins with 'u' the written form is 'w' and..
  • if a word begins with 'i' the written form is 'y'
  • the vowel 'u' after consonants 'j', 'q' and 'x' should be pronouced 'ü'
  • there is no 'ü' after consonants 'z, c, s, h, r, zh, ch and sh'
  • and, the letter 'i' after 'z, c, s, zh, ch, sh and r' has no sound but is a tonal vehicle.
I find the rules simple enough on their own but I am having trouble understanding what to do with the list of 12 wrongly written pinyin (as above) to make them readably and understandable.
Some of my interpretations include:
  1. wā (cry/to dig ??) yā (duck/to squash/to detain ??)
  2. N/A
  3. wù (thing/to miss ??) wàng (prosperous/to forget/to look at ??)
I wont go on because they continue to be as wrong as this!! Ha.
Any help welcome to point me in the right direction. Thanks.



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March 10, 2010, 02:51 AM

you may want to look here:

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March 16, 2010, 10:39 PM

Thanks for the pointer, I understand it now.