Zhou Youguang is 106 years old - and he thinks and writes clearly still. 54 years ago he transformed the lives of all who write Chinese by leading the group that developed the pinyin phonetic alphabet for Mandarin Chinese. Today we use the roman alphabet to input text messages, email, and almost everything we write in Chinese. Type the roman letters that approximate the sound and a pop-up array of 汉字 appears on your computer screen or smart phone!A Voice of Dissent in China That Took Its Time - NYTimes.com:
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