BoPoMoFo Zhuyin Flashcards – Free Printable PDF

by Dave Flynn | 22nd March, 2012 | Resources |

I love visually creative tools for learning Chinese, and these free BoPoMoFo (Zhuyin) flashcards fit right into that category. “What’s BoPoMoFo?” I can hear you shouting – Well, BoPoMoFo is the phonetic alphabet that is used in Taiwan in lieu of Pinyin and depending upon your choice of where to learn Chinese, or if you’re more interested in Traditional Chinese, it might be a viable alternative to the Pinyin system.

Zhuyin Flashcards

Each flashcard has been made by associating a Chinese word and related cartoon with a Zhuyin character from the pronunciation by integrating the Zhuyin right into the picture (that’s 3 levels of association!). The result is a set of flashcards that are visually stimulating and sure to aid in acquisition of the Zhuyin alphabet.

Here’s a few cards that I particularly like:

Volcano - Zhuyin Flashcard

Straw - Zhuyin Flashcard

Sneeze - Zhuyin Flashcard

Sing - Zhuyin Flashcard

The creator of the Flashcards, Castle of Costa Mesa, has also posted a video on Youtube showing the flashcards, though there currently isn’t any audio on the video, which is unfortunate. Hopefully it’ll be added soon:

If you’re not sure how to pronounce the Zhuyin characters then you can use an online resource such as this BoPoMoFo soundboard, or you could always download our Pinyin/Zhuyin Cheatsheet.

And if all that isn’t enough for you then Castle of Costa Mesa also offers the Zhuyin flashcards for download as Mnemonic Worksheets.

Visit Castle of Costa Mesa to download the flashcards.

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Dave Flynn

Dave is a designer of websites, learner of Chinese and lover of technology. Originally from the UK, he's been living in Taiwan and learning Mandarin Chinese for the last seven years. He founded and runs Chinese Hacks, a blog dedicated to effectively learning Chinese.

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8 Comments

  1. YT KO

    Great effort! I’m going to let my friends who are learning Chinese know about this! Perhaps you’d like to update some characters on the flashcards to be more accurate, e.g. ㄆ is Po but you used 攵 which is a character (Pu) rather than a phonetic symbol.

    If you have Microsoft New Phonetic input method, simply type the BoPoMoFo phonetic key and space bar, it will give you the phonetic, including the tone symbols: ˙ ˊ ˇ (currently you use V) ˋ


    • YT KO

      Should have been directed to Castle of Costa Mesa, the maker of these cards. That’ll teach me not to jump to conclusion (or reply section) before reading the entire post.


      • Hi YT KO, no problem, thanks for the comments. I did notice a few strange things on the cards myself but was just glad to see someone making some new Zhuyin learning resources. Hopefully the creator will tweak them if there is a lot of interest.


        • Hey Dave,

          (1) I corrected the Po ㄆ flashcard on my website. So viewers can download and print the corrected PDF flashcards set.
          http://castleofcostamesa.com/bopomofo-%E3%84%85%E3%84%86%E3%84%87%E3%84%88/free-bopomofo-flashcards-and-more
          If you like, you can post the corrected po ㄆ slide.

          (2) I did tweak the flashcards video to correct the Po ㄆ glitch. Here is the link to the new video (looks the same except slide for Po ㄆ slide is corrected)

          embed code…

          Let me know if there’s more tweakin’ needed!

          Jzin
          Southern California, USA


          • Oh, here is the embed code for the corrected flashcard video…

            or the link, if you prefer…
            http://youtu.be/l_LfAQDHUbU

            let me know after you post the updated video. I will delete the older version with the glitch in it when you uploaded the corrected video.

            Thanks!
            Jzin


      • Thanks YT KO for pointing out the glitch! Here is the updated version with corrections!

        http://wp.me/P1AWUL-mg

        Jzin
        CastleofCostaMesa.Com


  2. Hey Dave,

    I put up a homemade Old Fashion Traditional Chinese Folk Fairy Tale puppet show to encourage mandarin chinese learning. Check out the many pictures on my website…

    Laibao’s Quest For A Bride 來寶求親
    http://castleofcostamesa.com/puppet-stories/laibaos-quest-for-a-bride

    cheers!
    Jzin
    CastleofCostaMesa.Com
    http://www.facebook.com/CastleofCostaMesa


  3. Harmony

    These are so good! I knew pinyin before and I hadn’t found the motivation to learn Bopomofo as well. I thought it might open up more resources for me (all things in Taiwan meant for learning characters) but just looking at the meaningless squiggles seemed not worth it. Anyway, after a relatively short bit of studying with these (maybe an hour, tops) I’m now fluent in both, which I think will be a useful long-term skill.