Who invented Pinyin?
Aug 11, 2008 02:15
guestlaura Having been learning Chinese for a while, I have a question in mind---Who invented Pinyin? To tell you the truth, I have little knowledge of Chinese, just speaking several sentences. However, I have found that Chinese is an interesting language. So I will keep learning. Anyone here can help me find out who invented Pinyin?

Here is a "puzzle". Please guess what "日 ( Ri 4 Sun)" tells "曰 (Yue 1 Speak) when they meet.
Aug 11, 2008 16:52
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You will probably find this useful.

I always thought it was invented by someone called mr pinyin or something.
Aug 11, 2008 20:46
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Hey, Laura, what did 日 tell 曰? They look very similar to each other.
Aug 12, 2008 08:46
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日 tells 曰: you should reduce weight.
Aug 12, 2008 09:26
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here are some more:
尺(chi3 ruler)told 尽(jin4 finished):sister, it turns out that you have twins.

丘(qiu1 mound) said to 兵(bing1 soldier): war is cruel, it took my legs away.

师(shi1 teacher)said to 帅(commander or handsome):how can you be a commander without a epaulet on your shoulder, by your handsome face?

禾(he2 rice)asked 干(gan1or4 dry or do):where are your trousers?

7 to 2:stop doing that, I have told you that I won't marry you.

口(kou3 mouth)siad to 田(tian2 field): Even the Christian they don't put the Corss into their mouth.

for more stories, see

Aug 19, 2008 22:35
GUESTLAURA Thanks, Dave. It is really useful. XJD1007, you have many kinds of these jokes? They are very interesting. Thanks for sharing.
Aug 22, 2008 02:49
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I have a question,who invevted 音标。
It was invented by someone called mr 音?
Aug 22, 2008 02:51
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this the chinese culture.haha
Dec 11, 2010 15:33
GUEST22123 I have been searching for a definative answer to your question for years. The only claim of origin, that I have found, is by Aleister Crowley, who claimed he invented Pinyin. I discovered this claim in Marcelo Motta's Equinox edition - Vol. V, No. 3: The Chinese Texts of Magick and Mysticism (1980). Though uncorraborated, all discovered evidence indicates that, indeed, Aleister Crowley most probably configured Pinyin during, or after, his walk through China. Master Crowley apparently employed the Chinese magickal text, the Yi Jing, daily; possibly, preferring the Yi over the Tarot and Kaballah, his original foci of study.
Dec 11, 2010 16:05
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In the Equinox, Vol. V, No. 3: The Chinese Texts of Magick and Mysticism (1980), Aleister Crowley claims to have configured/originated Pinyin, during or after his walk through China. I have discovered no evidence to refute the claim.
May 6, 2020 23:29
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