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Mandarin pin yin is kind of like English phonics. It is a way to use Roman letters to represent the pronunciation of the Chinese characters. Instead of spelling a word with letters, the Chinese characters are originally ideograms which means it's based on a system using graphic symbols to represent idea or objects. The unique feature of the Chinese language makes the "Pinyin" system relevant and extremely helpful learning tool.
Each Chinese character has only one syllable.
Each pinyin syllable in Chinese can have four possible ways to pronouce by varying the pitch or tone. There are four tones in Mandarin Chinese. One syllable, pronounced in different tones will have a different meaning. This fact makes the Chinese Tone Training an fundamentally important part of any serious Chinese learners.