Zhuyin is also called “bo-po-mo-fo”, which represents the sounds of the first four phonetic symbols of this system. This chart contains the 37 phonetic Zhuyin. Details of Zhuyin fuhao / Bopomofo, the phonetic script used to show the pronunciation of Chinese characters in Download this chart in Word or PDF format. There is a straight one-to-one correspondence between ZhuYin (BoPoMoFo) and PinYin (Chinese Romanization), with the few exceptions listed at the end of.

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However, Chinese is NOT a phonetic language.

Zhuyin fuhao / Bopomofo (注音符號/ㄅㄆㄇㄈ)

It is also used to transcribe other varieties of Chineseparticularly other varieties of Standard Chinese and related Mandarin dialectsas well as Taiwanese Hokkien. In bopomofo, the lack of a marker is used to indicate the first tone while a dot above indicates the fifth tone also known as the neutral tone.

Anyone planning to study or work in Taiwan not mainland China should learn zhuyin 2. I, personally, do not qualify as literate in this case. Listen to a recording of this text. In elementary school, particularly in the lower years, Chinese characters in textbooks are often annotated with Zhuyin as ruby characters as an aid to learning.

Truthfully, I think that if it were the same type of text explaining a Shakespearean sonnet in English, the comprehension level would likely be about the same.

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The primary use I hope Zhuyin King fulfills is helping people either new to the language or who have been learning through pinyin only with their phonics.


However, since Taiwanese kids are still using zhuyin up to about 3rd or 4th grade, there are lots and lots of books both chapter and non, fiction or non-fiction with zhuyin. Well, I can hear you thinking. What will you do with your bopomofo chart?

The first year or so, I stuck to pinyin for learning about Chinese pronunciation.

My tutor and I made an easy to read bopomofo chart that I think you will […]. So you have to wonder: My tutor and I made an easy to read bopo,ofo chart that I think you will […] Reply. If only that were true! Do you really want to sound any more like a foreigner than you have to?

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BCE Arabic 4 c. This helps children recognize and remember the parts and components of more complicated characters. I get that a lot in CA. The tone diacritics are placed to the right of each syllable in vertical texts, and above the zhuyin symbols in horizontal texts.

I am much faster typing Chinese via my pinyin keyboard versus my zhuyin or cgart keyboard. I got a lot out of kids books.

I am, on my best best best day, at aboutcharacters. Accessible publishing Braille literacy RoboBraille. October 22, at 4: Was pinyin sufficient or was bopomofo worth pursuing? Try to memorize the first 5 sections; which comprise all 37 individual Zhuyin characters. CE Greek 8 c. BCE Orkhon old Turkic 6 c. I saw them on a pretty regular basis everywhere from menus to political campaigns to bopomoo cards. This is a big problem with a lot chwrt Chinese learning materials: Anyone that already knows some Chinese but plans to move to Taiwan for more than a month or two should learn zhuyin.


This way, even if your child has only learned Simplified characters thus far, if they know zhuyin, they can also read and perhaps learn Traditional. Using the Back button in the top left, go back to the main screen. In teaching Mandarin, Taiwan institutions and some overseas communities use Zhuyin as a learning tool.

A lot of people who think they know Hanyu Pinyin the most popular way to romanize Chinesefind that they have more to learn when they actually try typing it into a data entry system. I also only recently learned how to type the bopomofo symbols on my computer. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. CE Gothic 3 c. Home News Alphabets Phrases Search.

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Used to transcribe the pronunciation of Mandarin, Vhart and some of the Aboriginal languages of Taiwan, and also as a way to type Chinese on computers and mobile phones. It is bopimofo helpful when kids find subjects and stories they love because then reading is fun, engaging, and interesting. With zhuyin, westerners often tend to stay focused on the characters until they hit one they truly need help with… and then they look at the zhuyin beside it.