Chinese Phonetics (Hanyu Pinyin) 汉语拼音

Chinese Phonetics Progamme

Chinese Phonetics (Hanyu Pinyin) is a romanisation system for standard Chinese. Mastering it can strengthen the pronunciation of Chinese, and facilitate Chinese input as it is the basis for Chinese word processing using the Pinyin keyboard.  

 CI-NTU’s Chinese Phonetics programme is suitable for anyone who can converse in Chinese but not familiar with how Pinyin works. It consists of two courses: (I) Introduction to Chinese Phonetics (II) Enhanced Level on Chinese Phonetics.

Course Highlights
  • Eligible trainees enjoy 50% NSA subsidy and use of SkillsFuture Credits (SFC).
  • Expand your network, connect with people from different backgrounds and professions who share the same interest in Chinese language and culture.
  • Qualified trainers with practical teaching experience.
Course Objectives
  • Learn about initials, finals and tones.
  • Correct and strengthen accuracy of pronunciation.
  • Learn Chinese input methods for typing on computers and mobile devices.
  • Improve the spelling ability and confidence in using Pinyin through many typing exercises.
Course Structure








Course Outline
Introduction to Chinese Phonetics:
  • Initials, finals, and syllables.
  • Tones and tone sandhi.
  • Differentiate between various phonetics and tones.
  • Pronunciation of dysyllabic, trisyllabic words, neutral tone syllables and retroflex syllables. 
Enhanced Level on Chinese Phonetics:
  • Revision of initials, finals, tones, and strengthen pronunciation.
  • Tips for efficient Pinyin input when typing.
  • Pinyin input on different platforms such as mobile phones and computers, etc.
  • Pinyin input enhancement practices.

Medium of Instruction

Chinese / English (Minimal)


Our trainers are experienced, having undergone professional training and possess at least the Advanced Certificate in Learning and Performance (ACLP) or Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) certification.

Pre-Entry Requirement
  • Applicants must possess basic Chinese conversation skills.
  • Those who has never received training in Chinese Phonetics should start from the Introduction level.
Post-Course Test

A post-course test will be conducted during the last lesson of the course, in order to be awarded the E-Certificate of Completion and to advance to the next level.

  • Trainees will be awarded an E-Certificate of Completion from CI-NTU for fulfilling the following criteria:

-   Achieved a minimum of 70% attendance;

-   Pass the post-course test;

-   Participate in post-course surveys.

  • E-Certificate of Participation will be issued to those who fulfil 50 - 69% attendance and participated in post-course surveys.
Course Schedule*
AY2022 Introduction to Chinese Phonetics
23Sep - 28Oct
18Nov - 23Dec

​​20Sep - 25Oct
15Nov - 20Dec

AY2022 Introduction to Chinese Phonetics ONLINE Class
06Oct - 10Nov     
AY2022 Enhanced Level on Chinese Phonetics
23Sep - 28Oct
18Nov - 23Dec

20Sep - 25Oct
15Nov - 20Dec



AY2023 Introduction to Chinese Phonetics
13Jan - 24Feb
17Mar - 28Apr
26May - 30Jun
21Jul - 25Aug
15Sep - 20Oct
10Nov - 15Dec
​​17Jan - 28Feb
21Mar - 25Apr
23May - 27Jun
18Jul - 22Aug
12Sep - 17Oct07Nov - 12Dec
AY2023 Introduction to Chinese Phonetics ONLINE Class
16Feb - 23Mar20Apr - 25May15Jun  -  27Jul17Aug - 21Sep12Oct - 16Nov 
AY2023 Enhanced Level on Chinese Phonetics
13Jan - 24Feb
17Mar - 28Apr
26May - 30Jun21Jul - 25Aug15Sep - 20Oct
10Nov - 15Dec
17Jan - 28Feb
21Mar - 25Apr
23May - 27Jun18Jul - 22Aug12Sep - 17Oct07Nov - 12Dec

*The schedule is subject to change without prior notice. Interested applicants, please email or call to confirm the availability of intakes.

Course Fees

  • A non-refundable registration fee of $53.50 (incl. GST) is applicable.
  • The fee stated above is inclusive of 7% GST.
  • GST will be revised to 8% affective 1 January 2023. All payments received / invoices issued on and after 1 January 2023 will be subjected to 8% GST.
  • Course fee includes teaching materials.

^     Terms and conditions apply.

Customised Programme
  • This programme can be customised to individual or corporate needs.
  • Not eligible for government subsidies.
Bundled Courses

Enrol in both Introduction and Enhanced level at the same time to enjoy a waiver of the registration fee for the second course.


-   Bundled courses must be scheduled in consecutive intakes, within the same timeslot, and no skipping of intakes is allowed.

-   The deadlines in the withdrawal and refund policy follow the schedules of the first course in a set of bundle course.

Discount Schemes
  • 10% off course fee for NTU staff, student, alumni, and NTU Alumni Club Members.
  • 10% off course fee for seniors (Singapore Permanent Residents/Foreigners) aged 50 years and above.


-   Proof of citizenship status or relevant documents are required for verification purposes.

-   Applicants are eligible for ONE discount scheme at a time.

-   Discounts may not be used in conjunction with NSA subsidy.

Fee Support

Eligible trainees may benefit from the following Fee Subsidy, together with SkillsFuture Credits, in payment of course fees (other fees to be self-funded).

I) Fee Subsidy

NSA Subsidy
  • Enjoy a 50% subsidy of course fee.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicable to Singapore Citizens aged 50 years and above.
For more information, please visit, call NSA hotline at 6478 5029, or email

II) Credit/Fund Usage

SkillsFuture Credit (SFC)
  • Receive an opening credit of $500 and periodic top-ups from the Government.
  • May be used to offset the course fees of approved skills-related courses.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicable to Singapore Citizens, aged 25 years and above.
  • Applicants must be self-sponsored.
For more information, please visit, or call SSG hotline at 6785 5785.


Withdrawal & Refund Policy
  • Requests must be made in writing only. For company-sponsored trainees, the request must be signed off by the authorised representative of the company.
  • Registration Fee is non-refundable.
  • Upon receipt of requests, all discounts and government fee support will be cancelled, CI-NTU will follow up in accordance with the below-mentioned policy. Please refer to Terms & Conditions in the enrolment form for details.


Written Request for Withdrawal ReceivedGuidelines of Refund/Top-up
More than 30 days before course commencement.CI-NTU to refund 100% of paid fee.
15 to 30 days before course commencement.The applicant and CI-NTU to each bear 50% of the full course fee – a refund/top-up to be processed accordingly.
Less than 15 days before course commencement.The applicant to pay CI-NTU 100% of the full course fee.


Enrolment Procedure

  • The enrolment form can be downloaded below, requested via email, or obtained from CI-NTU’s reception counter.
  • Enrolment deadline is 10 days before course commencement date.
  • Please read through all the terms and conditions stated in the enrolment form before submission. Submit the completed enrolment form to, or make an appointment to sign up in person at CI-NTU.
  • For company-sponsored applicants, the enrolment form must be signed by the approving authority and endorsed with the company stamp.
  • Payment notification will be issued after enrolment has been accepted. Payment methods: PayNow, bank transfer, cheque, over the counter via Visa / MasterCard / NETS (cash payment is not accepted).
  • Applicants will be informed of the course status at least 5 days prior to the course commencement date. Applicants are to contact CI-NTU if they have not received the updates by the stipulated deadlines.


Contact Details

Contact Person Jing Yi / Eileen
Tel 6514 1062 / 6592 2539
Fax 6779 7859
Venue 11 Slim Barracks Rise (off North Buona Vista Road),
NTU@one-north Campus, Executive Centre, #08-01,
Singapore 138664
(Nearest MRT stations: Buona Vista & one-north)


In case of discrepancy between the English and Chinese webpages, the English version shall prevail.


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