What is Pinyin and do you know its importance?

Pinyin is the foundation of Chinese learning. We know that pinyin is the Romanization system for standard Chinese language learning in Mainland China. The Chinese language has 409 different sounds, and we can divide all these sounds into syllables, which has 4 different tones plus 1 neutral.

When you start studying Chinese; pinyin is the first thing teachers teach in the classroom. When you start studying Chinese by yourself it can be quite intimidating. But with the help of  Apps, websites, and other web resources, it makes things a little bit easier.

In the first week of our Chinese Starter Kit course, we’ve rounded up 5 of the top websites and apps that we think will be helpful in laying down your Pinyin foundation for learning Chinese.

These resources are really efficient, and you can help you achieve a lot of progress during the course, week by week. Don’t forget, practice makes perfect.

Yabla Pinyin Section

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Yabla is an online computer-assisted language learning website. Yabla currently has languages in Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, German, and English. The Chinese section shows all the “pinyin” varieties. The section is well explained and has every letter and pronunciation in the pinyin table. It’s a great resource for someone who is just starting out and wants a nice visual aid to help learn pinyin.


Sinosplice has a lot of examples analogies based on the English to the Chinese language, if the English language is your mother tongue or you are an English speaker, this is a good option. Every sound of the pinyin is well explained in that way we can compare it, comparing every example with the English example word of every sound.

This resource is perfect; it involves you step by step in the world of the pinyin with analogies between English and Chinese words.


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YOYO Chinese

YOYO Chinese might be one of the friendliest web APPs on the market. It’s definitely a good choice for those who want to start learning Chinese from the beginning. All the classes are based on videos and after that, there are little quizzes about the previous lesson. Every lesson is well-explained and dynamic, having a lot of exercises.

You can use this app for FREE, the free version or you also you add new features depending on your needs, new features range from $29 up to $149.

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AllSet Learning

If you’re looking for a portable app because you’re always on the go, we have a solution to your problem. AllSet Learning is an APP available for IOS; we can consider this app as a pinyin dictionary. It’s the only pinyin chart for iPad and iPhone to make full use of zooming and panning controls to make pinyin and studying easy and enjoyable.

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Chinese Pinyin Trainer

Pinyin Trainer is an APP that’s available for iOS and Android. It may look like another pinyin dictionary but is not. Pinyin Trainer will help you master those tones using Pinyin. It focuses on learning and exercising at the same time, this kind of lessons are very dynamic and it doesn’t feel like a teaching APP, it looks more like a game.

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With the basics of pinyin covered, you’re well on your way to mastering Chinese or at least laying down some foundation. The first week might be the most difficult, but you’ll gradually start seeing your progress.

At the end of this week, you’ll see an improvement. You’ll also be immersed in the world of Chinese language, which will open a whole new world.

Stay tuned for the next week lesson on tones. If you’re interested in looking at a few more Chinese language resources that we recommend, check out our article “ 5 Free Tools To Learn Chinese” or “5 Common Mistakes When Learning Chinese.”

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See you next week, 再见! zài jiàn!