Chinese pinyin is a phonetic system to help people learn Chinese easier and make sense of it quicker. The alphabet is the key tool for learning Mandarin Chinese as it encompasses every sound in Mandarin Chinese.
This alphabet includes all Mandarin Chinese syllables. Click on each pinyin sound and listen to the audio in all different tones.
1. Each syllable is composed of three parts: initial, final and tone. There are 21 initials, 36 finals, 4 tones and a neutral tone.
The syllables in this line has no initial, only
formed by final.
The syllables in this line has no initial, "i" is
substituted by "y" and "ü" is substituted by "yu" in the compound
The syllables in this line has no initial, "u" is
substituted by "w" in the compound finals.
"yo" is a special syllable. The pronounciation is similar to "io."
2. An empty cell on the table indicates that the corresponding syllable does not exist in standard Mandarin.
3. The chart displays only the tone variations that exist in standard Mandarin.
For example, for the syllable "ca," we only provided an audio demonstration for "cā" and "că," as there are no Chinese characters with the second tone and the fourth tone for "ca" in standard Mandarin.