Archive for January 29th, 2010

Null Initials or Zero Initials (零声母)

Jan 29th, 2010 Posted in Lessons, Pinyin | no comment »

Some syllables may have no initials. There are called “null initials” or “zero initials”. Read the rest of this entry »

The R-Finals (儿化韵)

Jan 29th, 2010 Posted in Lessons, Pinyin | no comment »

In Chinese, a character may have an additional “儿 (ér​)” after it. This “儿 (ér​)” needs not to be regarded as a separate syllable, but read with a “neutral tone”. This means that the “r” sound is merged into the preceding finals. This phenomenon is called the “R-finals”. When written in Pinyin, an ‘r’ is added to its preceding final at the end. Read the rest of this entry »