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What is the mandarin?

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10/19/2010

Mandarin (simplified Chinese: 官话; traditional Chinese: 官話; pinyin: Guānhuà; literally "speech of officials"), is a category of related Chinese dialects spoken across most of northern and south-western China. Because Mandarin mainly includes the northern dialects, the term "northern dialect(s)" (simplified Chinese: 北方话; traditional Chinese: 北方 話; pinyin: Běifānghuà) is also referred to Mandarin Chinese informally. The "standard" in Standard Mandarin refers to the official standardized language of China based on the Beijing dialect.