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Those who can speak Chinese?

Is there any certain rules to understand the Chinese alphabet? I mean do I have just to memorize the symbols? Or does each character have its own sound?

For example: 爸爸 means daddy.

Do does 爸 always sound " ba " according to pinyin ? Is there any character that only represents the letter "b" ?

I hope I made my point. :)

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  • 8 years ago
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    There is no alphabet in Chinese. Each of the thousands characters, or a combination of character, has a meaning. So there is no direct link between a Chinese character and letter in an alphabet.

    So, 爸爸 (pinyin: "bàba") is made from the repetition of the character 爸 (pinyin: "bà"), which on its own means 'father' in informal Mandarin. Etymologically, this character is built from the radicals 父 ("fù"), which can also mean 'father', and the phonetic 巴 ("bā").

    And each form of "a" in Pinyin ("a", "à", "á", "ā", "ǎ") have their own "tone".

    So, for example, 叭 ("bā") means 'trumpet', 署 ("ba") means 'public office', while 吧 ("bā") is a grammatical particle.

    For details, see : http://mandarin.about.com/od/pronunciation/a/tones...

    Source(s): Wiktionary
  • 8 years ago

    The Chinese writing system is called a Semanto-Phonetic writing system, which means that one symbol represents one syllable (which could be an individual word as well), so there are no symbols, that equal one consonant sound what so ever - so, yes, you have to memorize every single symbol.

  • ?
    Lv 6
    8 years ago

    there's no " character that only represents the letter "b" "

    because

    symbols that represent sounds are called ABC

    but

    Chinese people write meanings, not sounds

    therefore

    you never know how to read the symbol

    unless

    you are priorly told

    there's no such thing as Chinese alphabet

  • 8 years ago

    Yes ba ba will always be the same sound.

    There is no alphabet.hmm yes u need to memorize all the symbols.but I figure out that sometime u need not really need memories all word because certain words have connection like ball qiu u look at the right side n see it is also qiu please but only in different tone and u can just luckily pronounce it correct.

    Source(s): Chinese and used the technique you bian du bian in my oral exam.
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  • 8 years ago

    There is no alphabet. However, every Chinese character has a radical that helps identify the sound.

  • 8 years ago

    chinese doesnt have any alphabet . but theres an easy way to memorize chinese characters. there are 214 basic radicals in chinese characters. its like the alphabet in english. its called 部首 you can see it in here http://wenku.baidu.com/view/884e05f69e314332396893...

    Source(s): chinese speaker
  • ꇂꉧ
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    There are only syllables.

    In Taiwan they use zhuyin fuhao, which is phonetic system based on Chinese: ㄅ - b, but it's not a part of Chinese writing system.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    I know only the pronunciation of "I love you".

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