Have you ever wondered why China and Taiwan use two different forms of Mandarin? What is the difference between Pinyin and Zhuyin?. Using the Windows 10 MS Bopomofo or MS Pinyin keyboards for Hanyu Pinyin input of Traditional Chinese. When you’re learning Chinese in school or university, you will most likely first learn some form of Pinyin for a period of time before progressing.

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Gopomofo Hanyu Pinyin, Zhuyin aligns well with the hanzi characters in books whose texts are printed vertically, making Zhuyin better suited for annotating the pronunciation of vertically oriented Chinese text. The Case for Zhuyin.

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The one area I believe zhuyin has a clear advantage, though, lies is learning how to read characters. Assuming your language options are pinyln set up to this point – as described on the previous page – go to the taskbar, open your language menu, and click “Language preferences” at the bottom.

CE derived from Brahmi bopomofk. On the the menu that pops up, select “Settings Of course not ALL of it requires re-mapping and you are absolutely right about the sounds that do change in Taiwan. BCE Cherokee syllabary; letter forms only c. March 22, at CE Palmyrene 2 c. Z in Pinyin is totally different than the z in English. The Commission on the Unification of Pronunciationled by Wu Zhihui from tocreated a system called Zhuyin Zimu[5] which was based on Zhang Binglin ‘s shorthand.


Many of my friends in Taiwan spoke this way and most did not speak Taiwanese or Hakka as their first language.

Learning Chinese – Pinyin or Zhuyin? – Chinese Hacks

Chinese study posters for marking your progress. In the Settings panel for Microsoft Bopomofo, find the “Keyboard Layout” section, and click on the menu below “Choose your preferred keyboard layout”:. The split in Zhuyin versus Pinyin is almost entirely political. But what is Pinyin? History of the alphabet. This is not as obvious in Pinyin: Pinyin uses the English Latin alphabet to represent Chinese. Admittedly, your focus is shifted a bit closer to the character, but I guess that most people will still just read the phonetics and not the character itself.

While learning a phonetic alphabet is an essential part of learning Chinese, you do have a choice about which phonetic alphabet you learn, and the choice you make will affect your pronunciation, reading ability, and how fast you learn.

But in all my initial installations of Windows 10, this link was missing! There are limitations to using this mode, some permanent and some that may be improved in future updates:. When in Traditional character mode, the candidate list will not sort automatically based on frequency of usage.

The vocabulary lists of course still have the pinyin but when I get to reading I have to read characters. Zhuyin can be more efficient for typing if you have the correct software! You may find this or another button greyed out, because Windows 10 tries to give you only options the developers think are best for your PC.


When Mark made a post on Reddithe was challenged with the question: I’m hoping that link will be there for you, or will appear after the next big IME update, so I went ahead and posted this info. Many people accidentally find themselves in that keyboard first.

BCE Samaritan 6 c. He said pibyin he gets confused when reading Pinyin. Articles containing Chinese-language text Articles containing traditional Chinese-language text All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from February Articles with unsourced statements from May Articles needing additional references from October All articles needing additional references Articles with unsourced statements from April All articles pinhin dead external links Articles with dead external links from November Articles with permanently dead external links Wikipedia articles with NDL identifiers.

The Case for Zhuyin

BCE Brahmic family see E. Jian’ou dialect Kienning Colloquial Romanised.

When learning Chinese and reading this text, the reader is forced to look away from the Chinese to read the Pinyin, subsequently overlooking the Chinese:.