If you want to learn to speak Chinese, then the Chinese alphabet will help you learn Mandarin Chinese faster and more effectively. With a Chinese alphabet chart, you'll see that Chinese learning is made easier using
in order to learn Chinese PinYin, which is the alphabet system in Chinese.
But, there's a lot of controversy about whether or not there actually is a Chinese alphabet. Technically speaking, there is no such thing as an alphabet in Chinese. Yet, Chinese PinYin uses Chinese "alphabet letters" in order to help us learn Chinese. In fact, when you're learning the Chinese language, Chinese alphabet symbols make it a whole lot easier! So, I wouldn't ask, "Is there a Chinese alphabet?" but instead would start using Chinese alphabet characters to learn the Chinese language.
I hope that while you're learning Chinese online, you'll find this video on Chinese alphabets helpful. Of course, the Chinese letters alphabet that's used in this video is the style used in Mainland China, NOT the type of Chinese characters alphabet that's used in Taiwan (where characters strokes guide you in learning a Chinese character alphabet) OR one of the ancient Chinese alphabet systems that were used thousands of years ago. Instead, this is a Chinese letter alphabet using separate letters in order to combine together to form PinYin which is a system for taking Chinese sounds and putting letters to it.
What is PinYin? [0:20]
Chinese Characters to PinYin [0:29]
The Chinese Alphabet [0:35]
Chinese Alphabet Chart for the Initials [0:42]
Chinese Alphabet Chart for the Finals [1:08]
It all makes a lot more sense in the video, so just take a moment to watch and see how you can learn the Chinese alphabet!