Jyutcitzi (粵切字) Jyutcitzi

Jyutcitzi is a way to write Cantonese phonetically using glyphs based on Chinese characters devised by the Cantonese Script Reform Society (粵字改革學會). Jyutcitzi is based on the traditional Chinese phonetic principle of faancit (反切 - fǎnqiè in Mandarin). The faancit principle takes the initial and the final of two Chinese characters, and combines them to produce a third. Jyutcitzi also allows the incorporation of semanophores, also known as semantic components, into the construction of the Chinese character.

Notable features

Jyutcitzi script

Jyutcitzi script

Placement of initials

Placement of Jyutcitzi initials

Sample text (Jyutcitzi only)

Sample text in Jyutcitzi  (Jyutcitzi only)

Sample text (Honzi-Jyutcitzi mixed script)

Sample text in Jyutcitzi  (Honzi-Jyutcitzi mixed script)

Traditional character (honzi) version


Simplified character (honzi) version


Transliteration (Jyutping Romanization)

Jan⁴jan⁴ saang¹ceot¹lai⁴ zau⁶hai⁶ zi⁶jau⁴ ge³, hai² zyun¹jim⁴ tung⁴ kyun⁴lei⁵ soeng⁶ jat¹leot⁶ ping⁴dang². Keoi⁵dei⁶ geoi⁶jau⁵ lei⁵sing³ tung⁴ loeng⁴sam¹, ji⁴ce³ jing¹goi¹ jung⁶ hing¹dai⁶gaan¹ ge³ gwaan¹hai⁶ lai⁶ wu⁶soeng¹ deoi³doi⁶.


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Jyutcitzi: A Cantonese Script Reform Proposal


More details of Jyutcitzi

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