The friendliest way to get started with Chinese is to surround the learner with the sounds of Chinese and introduce Pinyin to the learner. A spelling sound indicating the syllable pronunciation of the characters, Pinyin help beginner readers to pronounce the characters without oral assistance from another reader. Pinyin uses the English alphabet, but the pronunciation of Pinyin is oftentimes very different from English. Many Chinese children books and dictionaries mark the characters with Pinyin. Once you master Pinyin, you can pronounce any word in Chinese and even type text and email messages!   

Pinyin 101: The Pinyin syllables- 23 initials

Description: Pinyin marks Mandarin Chinese pronunciation by the Latin alphabet. It consists of three parts: initials, finals and tones. In this lesson, we cover the 23 initials

Outcomes: Students will learn how to pronunciation the 23 initials.  

Pinyin 102: The Pinyin syllables- 35 finals

Description: Pinyin marks Mandarin Chinese pronunciation by the Latin alphabet. It consists of three parts: initials, finals and tones. In this lesson, we cover the 35 finals. 

Outcomes: Students will learn how to pronunciation the 35 finals

Pinyin 103: The Pinyin syllables- the four tones 

Description: Pinyin marks Mandarin Chinese pronunciation by the Latin alphabet. It consists of three parts: initials, finals and tones. In this lesson, we cover the four tones.

Outcomes: Students will learn how to pronunciation the four tones.