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Resources for ZhuYin (BoPoMoFo)

Practice ZhuYin (BoPoMoFo)

http://www.mdnkids.com/BoPoMo/ Press on the zhuyin char­ac­ter and hear the sound. Great for par­ents and chil­dren to prac­tice at home pro­nounc­ing the sounds.
Chi­nese Alpha­bet -
Pinyin Conversion Chart
This is a great chart for Eng­lish-speak­ers because it shows an Eng­lish-equiv­a­lent pho­net­ic approx­i­ma­tion.

Help­ful for par­ents who want to prac­tice with their child.


Some YouTube videos

Zhuyin Indi­vid­ual Sounds with Vocab­u­lary
Zhuyin Phrase for each Sound
Dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing between sim­i­lar ZhuYin sounds

BoPoMoFo Game

There are 6 dif­fer­ent lev­els cor­re­spond­ing to dif­fer­ent “groups” of zhuyin char­ac­ters.
LEVEL 1 and LEVEL 5 will be the hard­est.

Reading Stories

http://edu.ocac.gov.tw/biweekly/animation1/index.htm Chi­nese sto­ries with either “fol­low-along read­ing” or “ani­mat­ed sto­ry-telling”.
Uses ZhuYin so kids can try to read along.Here is the down­load­able PDF ver­sion of the sto­ries (as of 9-20-2017)


Mobile Apps with ZhuYin support

Chi­nese Writer App to help chil­dren prac­tice writ­ing Chi­nese char­ac­ters (both Tra­di­tion­al & Sim­pli­fied script.

Game Mode allows kids to prac­tice writ­ing Chi­nese char­ac­ters before they fall to bot­tom of screen.

Ple­co This app works as a good dic­tio­nary with the abil­i­ty to search in Eng­lish or Pinyin.
  • Can be con­fig­ured to dis­play ZHUYIN (bopo­mo­fo) for kids to read.
  • Has a “text-to-speech” abil­i­ty to pro­nounce the Chi­nese word/phrase.
  • Paid add-on fea­tures like flash­cards can be pur­chased to prac­tice words.


Mobile Apps to translate between English & Chinese

Google Trans­late Google pro­vides a good voice trans­la­tion tool. Press the micro­phone and speak in Eng­lish or Chi­nese and it can trans­late into the oth­er lan­guage.



Why Learn ZhuYin

From a fel­low SF Bay Area fam­i­ly, her analy­sis of why learn­ing ZhuYin is help­ful for our kids learn­ing Chi­nese in the US.



And anoth­er arti­cle to con­sid­er.

Learn­ing Chi­nese – Pinyin or Zhuyin?


And if you would like to know more about the his­to­ry of ZhuYin (http://www.omniglot.com/chinese/zhuyin.htm)