Braille for Chinese (盲文)

When Braille is used to write Chinese, it represents the sounds of the language rather than the characters. It is written from left to right in horizontal lines running from top to bottom. Each syllable is made up of three Braille letters: one for the initial, one for the final and one for the tone, though the tones marks are rarely used. Words are separated by spaces. Where there is no possibility of confusion, some initials are written in the same way. For example g and j, and h and x in Mandarin Braille.

In Chinese Braille is known as 盲文(mángwén - “blind writing”), 点字 [點字] (diănzì - “dot script”), 盲字 (mángzì - “blind script”) or 凸字 (tūzì - “protruding script”).

Braille for Mandarin (China)

This is the version of Braille used to write Mandarin in China.

The new of the Braille alphabet used to write Mandarin Chinese in China
Braille for Mandarin as used in China


Braille for Mandarin (Taiwan)

This is the version of Braille used to write Mandarin in Taiwan.

The name of the Braille alphabet used to write in Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan
Braille for Mandarin Chinese as used in Taiwan


Braille for Cantonese    The word 'Braille' in Cantonese
Braille for Cantonese



Free Braille fonts

Versions of Braille

Braille for Chinese (Mandarin & Cantonese), Braille for English, Braille for Latin & Greek, Braille for Welsh

Tactile Writing Systems

Braille for Chinese, Braille for English, Braille for Latin & Greek, Braille for Welsh, Moon, Fakoo, Quadoo, Siekoo

Chinese pages

Written Chinese: Oracle Bone Script, Simplified characters, Bopomofo, Types of characters, Structure of written Chinese, Evolution of characters, How the Chinese script works, Xiao'erjing, General Chinese

Spoken Chinese: Mandarin, Dungan, Wu, Shanghainese, Wenzhounese, Yue, Cantonese, Weitou, Min, Jian'ou, Taiwanese, Teochew, Fuzhounese, Puxian, Hakka, Xiang, Gan, How many people speak Chinese?

Other Chinese pages: Chinese numbers (數碼) | Chinese classifiers (量詞) | Electronic dictionaries | Chinese links | Books: Chinese characters and calligraphy | Cantonese | Mandarin, Shanghainese, Hokkien and Taiwanese

Semanto-phonetic writing systems

Akkadian Cuneiform, Ancient Egyptian (Demotic), Ancient Egyptian (Hieratic), Ancient Egyptian (Hieroglyphs), Chinese, Chữ-nôm, Cuneiform, Japanese, Jurchen, Khitan, Linear B, Luwian, Mayan, Naxi, Sawndip (Old Zhuang), Sui, Sumerian Cuneiform, Tangut (Hsihsia)

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