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Pinyin Typist Icon Screenshot Pinyin Typist is the quickest, easiest, and most fun way to type exactly the pinyin you want, with proper diacritical tone marks, on the iPhone, the iPod touch, and the iPad. It turns typing pinyin from a pain into a pleasure.

With Pinyin Typist on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, you can quickly and easily type real pinyin text with tone marks to write down anything you hear or want to say in Mandarin, just about anytime the need arises or inspiration strikes. It even puts the tone marks over the right vowels for you. Pinyin Typist is thus a must-have app if you are learning or teaching Mandarin, or if sometimes you want or need to write down Mandarin expressions, but you or the one(s) you’re writing to don’t (or don’t want to have to) know all the Chinese characters involved. (THIS APP IS NOT AN ALTERNATIVE WAY TO TYPE CHINESE CHARACTERS—it supports the standard iOS ways of entering characters.)
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