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Understanding Chinese Pinyin: Tone transcription


In Chinese Pinyin system, the tone mark must sign on the main vowel in a syllable. If there's vowel "a" in a syllable, The tone mark must sign on the vowel "a"; if there isn't vowel "a" but "o", "e" in a syllable, The tone mark must sign on the vowel "o", "e"; that is in order of "a", "o", "e".
For example: , gāi, xiá, miào, , , mén, bèng, tōng, fǒu, yǐn, , cún, pīng.

In final of "iu" and "ui", tone mark should sign on the last vowel "u", "i". For example: cuī, qiú, xiù, duì.

If the tone mark should sign on vowel "i" by chance, then the point(˙) on the vowel "i" must be omitted. For example: cuī, yǐn, duì, pīng.

The syllables in neutral tone don't sign tone mark. For example:
    zhuōzi(桌子, table);
    wǎnshang (晚上, evening; night);
    luóbo (萝卜, radish)