Enable Pinyin support for Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

October 10, 2021

Learning increasingly en-vogue languages like Mandarin can not only help you gain firm grounding over it but also communicate meaningfully with the world around you. Similarly, through Amazon Kindle’s Pinyin technology you can acquire the requisite skills to learn to speak any language with confidence. So, if you are interested in learning Mandarin as your second language, use the Pinyin in Kindle as your first resource. Here’s how to get started with it.

Pinyin in chinese

How to enable Pinyin support in Kindle Paperwhite?

Apart from reading books, Amazon Kindle Paperwhite can be an awesome language learning tool. For example, if you are learning Chinese as a second language; you can show the pronunciation guide above Chinese characters by turning the Pinyin option on. Find how!

  1. Tap near the corner area of your screen.
  2. Select Font option.
  3. Tap More option.
  4. Scroll down to Pinyin option.
  5. Toggle the switch to On position.
  6. Use the sliding scale to choose how much pinyin appears.

What is Pinyin?

Pinyin is an artificial system created to use the English alphabet to pronounce Chinese words. It helps in reading and writing skills with a better understanding of how to pronounce any word in Chinese using a Chinese dictionary. It is also the most common way to input Chinese characters into a computer.

How do I get Pinyin on my Kindle?

If reading a book, tap the top of the screen.

Kindle Font
Kindle Font

Tap on the font icon visible as an alphabet.

Kindle Pinyin Toggle
Kindle Pinyin Toggle

When a screen appears, switch to the More option as shown in the image above.

Scroll down to the Pinyin option, located at the bottom of the screen.

Kindle Pinyin Enabled
Kindle Pinyin Enabled

Toggle the switch to On position if you find it disabled.

Pinyin Chinese
Pinyin Chinese

Once enabled, Pinyin will begin displaying pronunciation guides for the most challenging words in the book. Soon, you'll start seeing pinyin alongside characters on ebooks.

There’s a sliding scale you can use to control how much pinyin appears based on the frequency of the characters, or you can have pinyin for all characters.

Hope that makes sense!


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