Pinyin is the romanization of the Chinese language from characters to a phonetic system represented by Roman letters. To simply put, it is the TAKING of Chinese sounds and putting letters to them so that people can learn to speak Chinese. It is a tool for beginners to pronounce Chinese characters and to understand what people say in Chinese.
Learning pinyin early in your Chinese studies helps establish a solid foundation with the language and will help you learn new words. However, remember that this system is merely a tool to assist in the Chinese learning process.
In this Course, you will learn: