This is a very famous Chinese poem, indicate the poem think of his home. You might be frustrated when your read Chinese poem without Pinyin, thinking about it takes years of learning to understand Chinese character, but you can read this article after several hours in pinyin.
Pinyin is fully phonetic and can be learned very quickly, it allows you to get started with reading and writing Chinese the time involved in learning characters. You can think of pinyin as pinyin as the alphabet for Mandarin Chinese, it is how Chinese words are pronounced. Pinyin is important for learning mandarin Chinese. Most of Chinese syllables are formed by a combination of the initials, the finals and the tones.
Lets have a look what’s the difference among these tones , for example Ma ( mā，má，mă，mà )
- mā (妈) 55 means “mother”, but in spoken language the Chinese will usually say “māma”
- má (麻) 35 means “hemp”, it is a kind of plant.
- mă (马) 214 means “horse”, animal.
- mà (骂) 51 means “to scold, to insult”, a verb.
So make sure you know the tones for every item of vocabulary you learn – if you don’t know the tones you don’t know the word.