Resources on Language

Jul 17

Pinyin—Writing the Sound

by Joann Pittman

From the series Learning Chinese

Pinyin is a system of writing the sounds of Chinese using English letters—an indispensable tool for learning to speak Chinese.

Jul 10

How Do You Say “Chinese?”

by Joann Pittman

From the series Learning Chinese

If you are going to learn Chinese, you first have to know what it is, or it least what it's called. 

May 6, 2013

#Pinyin Perfect

by Paul Condrell

As a Chinese teacher, I feel like I am at war. The enemy is a voice in the back of my students' minds repeating "you can't do this." If they quit, the battle is lost.

Mar 5, 2013

A Pinyin Opinion

by Paul Condrell

I am frequently asked for advice on how to learn Chinese. My answer always includes a pitch for perfecting pinyin. (Pinyin is a system which romanizes Chinese Characters, whereby is rendered nihao.)