Dochula Pass, Bhutan

Picture of the page in action.

A new Pinyin phonetics web app is now available. As you type Hanyu pinyin in the top box, a phonetic transcription appears in the lower box.

I put this app together to help me get closer to the correct pronunciation of names of people, cities, etc. that I come across while reading about Chinese history. There was often some combination of letters that I couldn’t quite remember how to pronounce.

It’s not intended to be perfect, though I think it’s pretty good overall. It works with input whether or not it has tonal accents. If you can suggest improvements, please raise a github issue.

See the notes file for a description of the less obvious phonetic symbols.

In case you want something to play with, here’s the text in the picture: Dìzào zhēnzhèng quánqiú tōngxíng de wànwéiwǎng. It means “Making the World Wide Web truly worldwide”, and the Han version is 缔造真正全球通行的万维网.

This shows the durations of dynasties and kingdoms of China during the period known as the 16 Kingdoms. Click on the image below to see an interactive version with a guide that follows your cursor and indicates the year.

Chart of timelines

See a map of territories around 409 CE. The dates and ethnic data are from Wikipedia.

Update 2016-10-03: I found it easier to work with the chart if the kingdoms are grouped by name/proximity, so changed the default to that. You can, however, still access the strictly chronological version.

This shows the durations of dynasties and kingdoms of China in the 900s. Click on the image below to see an interactive version that shows a guide that follows your cursor and indicates the year.

Chart of timelines

See a map of territories around 944 CE.