Pronounce Mandarin – The Easy Way
- January 31, 2020
- Leonie McKeon
What are the basics you need to communicate with Chinese people?
When communicating with Chinese people, it is crucial that non-Chinese speakers can at least pronounce their Chinese contact’s names correctly. Also being able to say a few useful Chinese words and phrases will impress your Chinese contacts and in turn give you confidence. Making a good impression will give you that competitive edge you need.
Why is it difficult for non – Chinese people to pronounce Chinese?
I have been helping businesses understand how to conduct business with China for almost three decades. I am competent in Mandarin, which is the official language of the People’s Republic of China. Mandarin is also spoken across Asia and is commonly referred to as Chinese. For many years I have conducted research into the reasons why non-Chinese speakers find Chinese difficult to pronounce. The answer is simple. There are many Mandarin sounds such as ‘Xu’, ‘Zhu’ and ‘Huang’ that do not exist in English. These sounds are called ‘Pinyin’. ‘Pinyin’ was introduced into China during the 1950’s.
What is Pinyin?
‘Pinyin’ is the Romanisation of Chinese characters based on their pronunciation. In Chinese, the phrase ‘Pin Yin’ literally translates into ‘spell sound.’ In other words spelling out Chinese phrases with letters from the English alphabet. If you know how to read ‘Pinyin’ you can read street signs, business cards and many other words. Examples of words written in ‘Pinyin’ are:
- Cities in China such as – ‘Shanghai’, ‘Kunming’ and ‘Guangzhou’
- Chinese names such as – ‘Cao’, ‘Xiao’ and ‘Zhang’
You will see many Chinese words written in ‘Pinyin’ so reading ‘Pinyin’ is a very useful skill to have.
Pronounce Mandarin – The Easy Way – online course
About 20 years ago it became apparent to me that there was a need for a system to help non-Chinese speakers pronounce these unfamiliar Chinese sounds correctly. So I designed Pronounce Mandarin -The Easy Way. During the last two decades, through countless workshops and presentations I have taught thousands of learners how to Pronounce Mandarin – The Easy Way . Recently the technology for online learning has become very accessible and easy to use. So the great news is Pronounce Mandarin – The Easy Way is now available online.
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