Chinese Pinyin uses Roman letters to represent the pronunciation of the Chinese characters.
The numbers 1 to 4 distinguish different tone variations of vowels.
To start Pinyin lookup please type or click any of the characters in the initial virtual keyboard.
On desktop you may want to use the highlighted keys on keyboard for most efficient lookup or you may use the arrow keys to navigate the dictionary.
To undo user arrow left.
On touch devices tap the table header to step back.
When a Pinyin string in 1. column is complete, its translation is shown in 3. column of the tabular view. Often more than 1 translation exists: when 2 rows appear with dot and space as selection, press dot key to see the list of already complete transliterations, press space key to get next options.
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