09-26-11, 10:30 PM #1
"Pinyinput": a program for writing pinyin
I came across a book about Spanish pronunciation that used English words and pinyin-like accent marks to demonstrate how English speakers use different tones. It was fascinating because I realized that Chinese tones could be demonstrated in common English, even though we are not ordinarily conscious that we use Chinese tones in English.
I wanted to quote the English with the tone marks as in the book, but I lacked a means of easily writing pinyin accents.
I downloaded a free program from Sourceforge, and it seems a little quirky, but it can be made to work:
Wǒ xué Zhōngwén.
It has two modes, one that makes sure that the pinyin accents are correctly placed, and another (used here) that can place the accent marks anywhere:
Ī lìke thís! Bǔt, whō knòws?
I'll post the book excerpts later, but I wanted to share news about this pinyin program now.
Does anyone have anything easier?
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