Comparison of Mandarin phonetic transcription systems
Mandarin syllables are divided into two parts: initials (consonants)
and finals (vowels, diphthongs, triphthongs or vowels + n or ng).
Most syllables are made up of an inital plus a final, but all the
finals can stand alone as can some of the initials.
The pronunciation shown below is for the Mandarin spoken in the north
of China, particularly by educated speakers in Beijing. It is considered
the 'correct' or 'standard' way to pronounce Mandarin. There are considerable
variations in Mandarin pronunciation in other areas. The most noticable
difference in southern dialects of Mandarin is that the initials zh, ch
and sh sound like z, c and s respectively.
Renren sheng erl tzyhyou, tzay tzuenyan her chyuanlih shanq iluh pyngdeeng. Ta.men fuhyeou
liishinq her liangshin, binq ing yii shiongdih guanshih .de jingshern huhshiang dueyday.
Жэньжэнь шэн эр цзыю, цзай цзуньянь хэ цюаньли шан илюй пиндэн. Тамэнь фую лисин хэ лянсинь, бин ин и сюнди гуаньси дэ цзиншэнь хусян дуйдай.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with
reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. (Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)