The most commonly used Mandarin romanization systems are Hanyu Pinyin (most common by far), Gwoyeu Romatzyh (GR), and Wade-Giles (more common in Taiwan than China). Based on your experience, and regardless of the system's popularity, does one of these romanization systems do a better job than others of helping Mandarin students correctly pronounce standard Mandarin (tones, consonants, and a vowels)?

  • Are you sure that Wade-Giles is used at all in Taiwan? By native speakers of Mandarin / Standard Chinese? Or was that parenthesis mean to be placed after "Gwoyeu Romatzyh"? – Tsundoku Jun 12 '18 at 18:32
  • Yes, Wade-Giles, among other systems, is used in Taiwan to some degree. Pinyin dominates everywhere though. – AML Jun 12 '18 at 19:15
  • Is the native language of the students relevant here, and if yes, are you interested in a particular one? – Tommi Jun 12 '18 at 19:23
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    The student's native language does not make a difference to me in this case; any L1 learning Mandarin as an L2. – AML Jun 12 '18 at 19:24

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