The Importance of Jyutping in Learning Cantonese

The writing system of Cantonese is Chinese characters, the classification of Chinese characters is logogram in Linguistic studies. Which means one cannot directly notice the pronunciation of a Chinese character just by reading it, because Chinese characters did not show every single phoneme. Even if a beginner does not need to learn Chinese characters, a romanization system for Cantonese is still needed. There are about 19 initials, 53 finals, 6 tones in Cantonese. The numbers of these initials, finals and tones are limited, even the combination of them are limited.

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