家徒四壁jiā tú sì bì To be very poor 四面楚歌sì miàn chǔ gē Ambushed from all sides. Under sustained attack
四十五个人sì shí wǔ gè rén 45 people 我们喝了四杯绿茶wǒ ménhē lesì bēi lù chá We have drunk four cups of green tea
Writing Chinese phonetically
Because the Chinese language is character not phonetically based it is hard to write down Chinese with a Western alphabet A-Z. British scholars Wade and Giles made a creditable attempt at the end of the 19th century but it had some glaring problems. Perhaps because it was a 'foreign' system the new Peoples Republic set about creating their own system - pinyin, which seems only fair. The repercussion is however that old books use the Wade Giles system and modern ones Pinyin. Some web sites use a mixture if they are referring to historical events. It is still the case that if you want to read about Chinese history you should be broadly familiar with Wade-Giles. Read More
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