The Zhongyuan Yinyun (1324) was a dictionary that codified the rhyming conventions of new sanqu verse form in this language.Thus, most Western readers will be much more familiar with Beijing than they will be with Běijng (pinyin and with Taipei than T'ai-pei (WadeGiles)."lettered words spelled with letters from the English alphabet.

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There are between 7 and 13 main regional groups of Chinese (depending on classification scheme of which the most spoken by far.Pinghua, previously included in Yue.