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Cantonese Romanization System

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Jyutping Romanization system Jyupting Cantonese Romanization scheme was developed in 1993 by the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong (LSHK). This system is very user friendly in that, it employs no diacritics to indicate vowel quality or tones and each sound is assigned one letter (but in some instances a set of two letters). Jyupting system is the most preferred system of all by the government (Guo, 1985). Jyupting initials Jyupting final (vowels) Coda (entering tone) Tone mark Nasal syllable Advantages of Jyutping Romanization system There are many advantages associated with Jyupting Romanization system.

Firstly, Jyutping is highly recommended by linguistic society of Hong Kong since they invented it. Jyutping uses similar letters for the same sound since it is based on pinyin.

Jyutping is more accurate and distinguishes more sounds unlike most of other Romanization systems. The tones in Jyupting are right, consistent and straight forward that is it does not entirely ignore tones and has only 6 tones. It is systematic, user friendly, multifunctional, compatible with almost all possible modern sounds in Cantonese and is entirely based on alphanumeric alphabets without any strange symbols and diacritics. Jyutping is used as a computer input method by Chinese. Lastly, Jyutping basic principles are easy to learn, simple and professional. Yale Romanization system Yale Romanization system was developed at Yale University during the period of World War 2 to enhance communication between Chinese military personnel and their American counterparts.

This system uses a more regular spelling of Cantonese phonemes than most of its systems of the day. The system uses acute and accents and letter h to denote tones and it uses English letters. In addition, it marks the pronunciation almost similar to English pronunciation rules. The main reason as to the long usage of this system is that it was used in phrase-book and as part of Yale system used for Chinese teaching.

The main advantages of Yale Romanization scheme are ease to read and offers a very good idea on pronunciation of things than majority of other systems that provides one with a hard time trying to figure out which number goes with which tone and the fact that Yale has the most references to date (Pong, 2009).

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