Have you ever wondered why China and Taiwan use two different forms of Mandarin? What is the difference between Pinyin and Zhuyin?. Using the Windows 10 MS Bopomofo or MS Pinyin keyboards for Hanyu Pinyin input of Traditional Chinese. When you’re learning Chinese in school or university, you will most likely first learn some form of Pinyin for a period of time before progressing.

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Z in Pinyin is totally different than the z in English. The informal name “Bopomofo” is derived from the first four syllables in the conventional ordering of available syllables in Mandarin Chinese.

Mei-Mei, I think it comes down to the learner, and what suits them better. Vopomofo King is still in an alpha state. If you are using the old-style desktop language bar, right-clicking on the language button there will take you to the old-style control panel, where you can make these same changes.

Zhuyin (Bopoomofo) and Pinyin Conversion Table

In your smartphone keyboard settings, get rid of Pinyin input and only use Zhuyin to type. By Megan Wang T You can jump to those instructions via this link so you don’t have to scroll down.

Without proper rendering supportyou may see transcriptions in parentheses after the character instead of ruby glosses. Then if you’re lucky, in the Bopomofk options control panel, you’ll find an “Options” link for Microsoft Pinyin, which will open a control panel where you can make this change. As shown in the following table, tone marks for the second, third, and fourth tones are shared between bopomofo and pinyin.


BCE Nabataean 2 c. Emoticons Emoji iConji Leet Unicode. My personal thoughts are: So he would rather learn a completely new system to prevent the confusion. I did this largely because learning all of the symbols in Zhuyin seemed like a lot of extra mental effort when I was already so busy trying to learn characters.

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BCE Latin 7 c. Consider the following text:. I got a lot out of kids books. Overview History of writing Grapheme. Pinyin is the most common way to first teach Chinese pronunciation and tones. Zhuyin in Taiwan Says: The primary bpoomofo I hope Zhuyin King fulfills is helping people either new to the language or who have been learning bopmofo pinyin only with boponofo phonics.

If you’re using the classic desktop language bar on the taskbar which I explain how to set up on the advanced features page:. Select “Hanyu Pinyin” from the menu: I’m going out of my way to mention this here because when you are in Zhuyin Fuhao input mode, the Touch Keyboard will have the Zhuyin symbols only, with no Roman letters on the keys, unless the full virtual keyboard is enabled.

Taiwan, however, stuck with Zhuyin. As of the Windows 10 launch, Personalization was also grayed out for Simplified characters in all of my installations, but I’ve received one report – from a user of a Spanish Win 10 release – that these controls are not grayed out on his system.


Wenchang dialect Hainanese Transliteration Scheme.

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This article contains IPA phonetic symbols. When in China it became obvious that some foreigners were able to adapt bppomofo the pinyin system relatively easily, whilst many others just gave up — a lucky few were able to completely ignore it and still learn Chinese simply from auditory practice.

The one area I believe zhuyin has a clear advantage, though, lies is learning how to read characters. CE Coptic 3 c.

The Case for Zhuyin

Also go ahead and use it if you’re not worried about these encoding issues at all. See also my list of missing, broken, and just plain lame pjnyin in Windows 10where I’m tracking problems, updates, and workarounds. Bear in mind, almost anything with Zhuyin will use Traditional Chinese, standard in Taiwan. It is also one of the most popular ways to enter Chinese characters into computers and smartphones and to look up characters in a dictionary.