Pinyin spelling rules

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You might think that pinyin has no "rules" other than simply memorizing correctly and then writing out the syllables in the pinyin chart. You'd be wrong! There are quite a number of issues that even native speakers get wrong. Getting them correct makes pinyin easier to read and less likely to cause confusion.

Why Learn the Rules?

Many of the rules of pinyin make pinyin easier to read and harder to misread. Most of these rules are of this type, and we encourage all learners to learn them.

It also helps you judge how well a school or teacher really knows their pinyin. (If they do, they should follow these rules, or at least be aware of them!)

The Key Rules

We won't get into all of the rules of pinyin, but we will cover a few that really help learners.

Separate Words with Spaces in Pinyin

Capitalize Proper Nouns in Pinyin

Use English Punctuation with Pinyin

Make Syllable Boundaries Clear with an Apostrophe

Sources and further reading