Much of his inspiration comes from pinyin
, the official Romanised system of standard Chinese, which he learned when attending a postgraduate program at Zhejiang University.
Today, schoolchildren learn Pinyin
before characters, and it is often used to input characters on smartphones and computers.
The first student went for the conventional pinyin
method and encountered some spelling difficulty, the second student wrote it with her finger.
The adoption of Zhuyin, rather than the more frequently adopted Pinyin
, which uses the familiar western alphabet to represent the sounds of Chinese), was explored, with the study centred on exploring reasons for use of one system over another.
The change in the transcription of the Chinese characters from the French system into pinyin
is first of all due to the English language of the new edition, but it is also highly appreciated because of its adoption as an international standard.
used in the book; it is not meant to be read, and indeed there
Flexible search: search words in Chinese, Pinyin
and English, CC-CEDICT based dictionary.
Then, with the character-to-pinyin function on Microsoft Office Word 2011, we transformed all Chinese characters into pinyin
. Finally, the sentence splitter from the adjusted ICTCLAS system  was used to segment the text into sentences.
That's actually how the dinosaur gets its name: Tongtianlong limosus is a mix of Chinese Pinyin
and Latin meaning "muddy dragon on the road to heaven."
At the beginning of each lesson all members of the club partake in reading the pinyin
board and saying the vowels.
To this end, it has been written with the absolute minimum of "sinological" apparatus; texts and titles of offices are all translated into English, with no transcription into pinyin
There is also a convenient pronunciation index for Chinese words written in Pinyin
. Perhaps more exciting is Auyang's willingness to incorporate non-traditional methods (at least for the historical profession) to illuminate political and economic structures, including the use of fractals.