LOS ANGELES, Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Yoyo Chinese (www.yoyochinese.com), a video-recorded online Mandarin instructional program featuring television personality and University Chinese teacher Yangyang Cheng, today announced the launch of the first video-based pinyin pronunciation chart, developed in response to the rising needs of Westerners to accurately pronounce Chinese sounds. As travel and intercultural exchange grows between China and the West, difficult-to-pronounce Mandarin sounds in Chinese business, city, and public figure names like "Mr. Quan" or "Shuanghui International," are steadily finding their way into everyday conversations. Yoyo Chinese created the free pinyin chart, launched as a lead-in to the site's Chinese New Year celebration, to meet these growing Mandarin pronunciation challenges among the general public, while also helping students more easily master the complexities of speaking Mandarin.
Complete with more than 400 audio demonstrations for all Mandarin syllables and over 90 video explanations for difficult-to-pronounce Mandarin sounds, the pinyin chart provides clear pronunciation from a native Chinese speaker, who draws parallels between English and Chinese sounds to help prevent pronunciation mishaps like the ever inappropriate "Mr. Wang," a last name that is not pronounced the way it looks.
Link to Yoyo Chinese Pinyin Chart
Pinyin chart users can click on any Mandarin syllable in the chart to hear audio demonstrations in all four Mandarin tones. Unique to this chart are video-based pronunciation demonstrations of each "initial" and "final" sound found along the chart's yellow border. Video-based pronunciations allow users to view and mimic the shape of the teacher's mouth as they listen to her pronounce each sound. Included in the explanations are simple English-language pronunciation comparisons.
Pinyin is the phonetic system students rely on to transcribe Chinese characters into Roman letters they can read. In order to speak Mandarin, students must learn to pronounce pinyin's 21 consonants and 16 vowels that are used to form 407 one-syllable sounds.
About Yoyo Chinese
Launched in 2012, Yoyo Chinese (www.yoyochinese.com) is a prerecorded video Mandarin lecture program, offering a comprehensive library of clearly-explained instructional videos featuring television personality and University Chinese teacher, Yangyang Cheng. Yoyo Chinese offers the only structured Mandarin video curriculum exclusively designed to meet the learning needs of native English speakers. The program is subscription based. The company offers free instructional Mandarin videos on their YouTube Channel, as well as informative content on the company's blog, www.yoyochinese.com/blog. Yoyo Chinese in headquartered in Arcadia, California.
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