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Pinyin (Minnányu)

Pinyin, more formally Hanyu Pinyin, is the most common Standard Mandarin romanization system in use. Hanyu means the Chinese language, and pinyin means "spell sound", or the spelling of the sound. Developed by a government committee in the People's Republic of China in the 1950s, Pinyin was adopted as the international standard in 1979. It is now used to teach Chinese schoolchildren and foreign learners the standard pronunciation of Mandarin Chinese, to spell Chinese names in foreign publications and to enter Chinese characters on computers.

(Ref: Wikipedia)

Pinyin on whatamieating.com

To find foods and foods and food-related items in Pinyin in whatamieating.com in China you may search by any of the following terms:
China Chinese Pinyin Pinying Pinyun Mandarin Minnanyu

These terms associated with languages are hidden behind the scenes as there is some crossover with other languages. The traveller  may not be precisely certain which language is in use, and can search using other  terms such as "Chinese''.

You may use any of the above terms in any search you make using 'Translate from English' so that if you wish to search for a translation of  fennel, choose whichever of these language terms that you think is most appropriate, say:
'Fennel pinyin' and then click on 'Translate from English'.

One of the problems of providing searches in a multilingual world-wide food dictionary is trying to help people reach the things they are searching for. People do not always know the precise language being used, so other searches, such as 'Chinese' should result in a successful search.

Also included in the glossary are dishes from the cuisine of the region, cookery terms, cooking methods, drinks, food festivals, days of the week, months of the year etc.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinyin

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