Chinese Language and Culture

Chinese language and culture is unique to the mainland Asia. The language is a part of the Sino-Tibetan family of language that has 12 different regional variations, while the culture is represented by the 58 ethnic groups spread across China.

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Chinese Language and Culture

What is china's main religion?

Unfortunately we may not know the true answer because Christians continue to be spied on and percesuted for their religious beliefs. This is something China has said to the US during Trump error they were concerned about. Churches are being watched and policy being enforced on beliefs as well.

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Chinese Language and Culture

What languages are spoken in the People's Republic of China?

"Chinese" is not just one language; it is really a family of many dialects, some of which are so different from one another that they could possibly be considered different languages. Speakers of one dialect often can't understand speakers of other dialects. However, the Chinese languages been written in a uniform way (Chinese characters) for thousands of years.

Some of the dialects in the Chinese language family include Mandarin (Putonghua) spoken mostly in the North, Cantonese spoken mostly in Guangdong, Shanghainese (Wu), Hakka, Minbei, and Minnan. There are also numerous ethnic groups in China who speak their own languages, separate from Chinese, such as Zhuang, Manchu, Miao and Uyghur. Mandarin is the official language of the People's Republic of China, and most young people in the PRC can speak Mandarin in addition to their native dialect/language.

Nationally people speak mandarin Chinese, or putonghua, with most local dialects varying slightly from the standard Chinese, but Cantonese, a dialect popular in Guangdong province and among many overseas Chinese, differs largely from the mandarin in pronunciation (not so in writing).

The official languages of China are Standard Chinese (Mainland), Mandarin, Cantonese, English, Portuguese, Uyghur, Tibetan, Mongolian and Zhuang. Apart from these there are many different indigenous languages, dialects and minority languages spoken in the country, bringing the total number of living languages in China to around 292 different languages.

There are many forms of the Chinese language spoken in China but the two main dialects are Mandarin and Cantonese. Mandarin is the most widely spoken language while Cantonese is spoken mostly in the South and in Hong Kong


The National Language is Han Yu meaning the language of the Han people, or pu tong hua. Either way they both mean Mandarin. Mandarin is supposed to be the national language but there are more than 200 languages in China. Cantonese the most known next to Mandarin. But they're united by the writing system which is the same even if the spoken word is different.

There is no one official language. It is either Mandarin Chinese or Cantonese



There is no real one answer as Chinese has many dialects (e.g. Mandarin, Wu, Xiang, Hakla, Yue, Min Nan, etc.) which are mutually unintelligible to speakers of other dialects. It also depends where the speaker is from - Mainland Chinese officially speak Mandarin, Hong Kong uses Cantonese and Taiwan uses Hokkien.

The language is Chinese

Almost everyone in China speaks Chinese, but not everyone can understand each other. People from different parts of China speak Chinese in different dialects. For instance, someone from one part of China might not be able to understand someone from the other side of China because they speak in different dialects.

Mandarin Chinese is the official language of China, though there are many dialects of this language (if you learn the dialect from Chengdu, people in Hong Kong may not be able to understand you).
China has seven different dialects of Chinese spoken in various parts of the country, along with some regional languages such as Mongolian and Tibetan. The official language is Standard Mandarin, and most educated Chinese speak English as a second language.

Mandarin is the language most spoken in China. The Beijing Mandarin dialect is the lingua franca of China.

Approx. 850 million of China's population of approx. 1.3 billion, speak the language.

The most used language in China is believed to be Mandarin Chinese.
mainly mandarin.
  • The official language of the Republic of China (中華民國) is Standard Mandarin (國語).
  • The recognised regional languages of the Republic of China (中華民國) include: Taiwanese Hokkien (Taiwan, Penghu and Kinmen), Hakka (Taiwan), several Taiwanese aboriginal languages, Fuzhunese (Matsu), and Puxian Min (Wuqiu).
  • The official script of the Republic of China (中華民國) is Traditional Chinese (正體字/繁體字).

Mandarin is the official spoken language of China with Cantonese spoken in the South of the country
Maybe Chinese!
Mandarin is the most popular.
they mostly speak mandrin

The most spoken dialects are Mandarin (spoken by over 70% of the population), Wu (Shanghainese), Yue (Cantonese), Min, Xiang, Gan, and Hakka.
The top 2 languages in China are Mandarin and Cantonese.

Mandarin is the official language of the country.
Mandarin Chinese

ANS 2 -Mandarin is only 1 of the many languages of China
There's only one language --Chinese. However there are many dialects(appro. 65 not 100% sure) but they can be roughly classified into one of the seven large groups, i.e., Putonghua (Mandarin), Gan, Kejia (Hakka), Min, Wu, Xiang and Yue (Cantonese).ach language group contains a large number of dialects. Many Chinese nowadays know how to speak English as well (esp. in Hong Kong)
Mandarin and Cantonese are the two most spoken languages. English is the most spoken foreign language.

Mandarine and Cantonese are the official languages of China.
about 100 alnguages but the main one is mandarin.
it is 292
yes theres chinese of course and mandarin,some chinese speak english and well thats all i know
Kantonese or/and Mandarin... i think manderin is the most widely used one though
In China, the main language is Mandarin Chinese, in the south parts of the country, such as Guangdong and Hong Kong, people mostly speak Cantonese. Each part of the country have their own accent and some are so different that it would be very hard to understand. In the provinces on the west of China, there is Xin jiang, xi zhang, nei meng gu, they have their own language. There are alot of other languages in China, since there are 56 ethnic groups. Shanghai people have their own language and people from fujian province have their language.
mainly Mandarin, Cantonese spoken in some regions
Standard Chinese or Mandarin (Putonghua,) Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghaiese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan, Xiang, Gan and Hakka dialects.

Mandarin is the official language of China.
Standard Mandarin is the official language of China. The main languages in China are Sino-Tibetan, Taiâ??Kadai, and Altaic, just but to mention a few.
Pretty sure it chinese
Mandarin and Cantonese
The most common is Mandarin.
China only has one national language, Mandarin Chinese. However, there are many other dialects spoken around the country.

However Mandarin Chinese may be written as either Simplified or Traditional Mandarin. Cantonese is another popular, widely spoken dialect, particularly in Guangdong Province, as well some other overseas communities such as Hong Kong and Macau.


Mandarin, Cantonese and Shanghainese
Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese.
Mandarin Chinese is the official language of China. Some other languages are Mongolian, Tibetan, Uughur and Zhuang.
Chinaese. The most of them can speaken a simple English.
The two largest languages are Cantonese and Mandarin. Cantonese is the more widely spoken within China. Mandarin, however, is more widely spoken by the upper class. Also spoken is Tibetan.
Typically Mandarin and Cantonese are recognized as the two native languages spoken in China. However, Chinese has many, many regional dialects. It is very difficult to count the number of dialects because the difference is more of a spectrum of languages than discrete countable languages.
Most chinese people speak Mandarin, the official Chinese language. However, in various areas in China, people speak dialects and variations of Chinese. Some of them are very different sounding to the Mandarin Chinese.
They mainly speak Mandrin but they also speak Cantonese, several variations on Min, and Hunanese

they speak several different languages but the most common one is Manarin.
The Chinese people mostly speak Mandarin. The most widely spoken foreign language in China is English.
Mandarin Chinese, which is spoken by 850 million people.
I only know a total of 12 Chinese languages out of 29. The twelve languages I know is: Mandarin; Wu; Yue; Min; Xiang; Gan; Hakka; Cantonese; Zhuang; Mongolian; Tibetan; Uyghur; Hmong; and Korean.
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Chinese Language and Culture

When is the next year of the rat?

it goes every 12 years for the animal so the next year of the rat is 2023

Chinese Language and Culture

What does ding ding hao mean?

It means very very good...

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Chinese Language and Culture

What mandarin means?

Mandarin is the official language in China. It is also sometimes called Putonghua. All Chinese students are required to learn it, but it is not necessarily their mother language, which varies from state to state (they speak different dialects, but the dialects vary so much they are not at all similar to Mandarin and you have to speak it to be able to completely understand)

Chinese Language and Culture

How do you answer 'ne how'?

Just say it back; it just meens hello.

It's spelled "ni hao," by the way.

Chinese Language and Culture

Why is Mandarin so important to learn?

Mandarin is the main language spoken in China, and one of the main languages spoken in the world.

The U.S. has been doing a lot businnes with China.

So if you ever go to the business world, and you are dealing with China.

Speaking Mandarin would be very helpful in that the person who you are dealing with would appreciate that you have attempted to learn their native language and would like you so much better.

1. China is the most populour country in the world with over 1.4 billion people. Mandarin is spoken by almost one billion people. It is the most widely spoken language in the world. One out of five people in the world is Chinese;

2. Mandarin is spoken in the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, The Philippines, and Mongolia;

3. Knowing Chinese will allow students to compete effectively in the global economy of the future;

4. China is one of America's largest trading partners;

5. Many American companies do business in China, including Motorola, Coca Cola, and Ford,and many foreinger companies cooperat with Mandarin Garden, You could check (

6. Knowing Chinese may be an edge when competing for a job. The demand for business people who know Chinese is skyrocketing;

7. China is playing a major role in world affairs and will continue to do so;

8. By studying Chinese, students will develop an appreciation for Chinese culture and history.

It is also important to mention that China's economy is constantly increasing, so to learn the Mandarin Chinese is a good choice because you will be able to work with Chinese business people and be active in China as listed above. Learning any language is important, as long as you have the heart and mind set to it, you will have a better influence with more languages that you know.

Chinese Language and Culture

What does chow mein mean?

Literally "stir-fried noodles".

Chinese Language and Culture
Math and Arithmetic

What is the source language of the word zilch?

The word zilch is American English slang for nothing.

Chinese Language and Culture

How do you say thank you in Shanghainese?

People from Shanghai do not speak "Shanghainese" they speak Mandarin Chinese, and Shei Shei is how you say 'thank you' in Mandarin.

History of India
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Human Origins

Are Chinese People Descendants from Indians?

yes, unless you go all the way back to "hunter and gather" stage.

Most of the Indians are descendant of Aryan or Dravidian.

The ancient most race known in history was Aryans.

With passage of times they spread out allover and new countries and races got developed and known.

Just the way Sanskrit the language of the Aryans is the oldest and mother of all languages, the race of Aryans is the mother of all civilisations.

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How do you say 'hi' or 'hello' in Chinese?

In Chinese Mandarin, the most common greeting is '你好' [nǐ hǎo]. To be more courteous, say '您好' [nín hǎo] instead, especially when showing repect for elders. In addition, '喂' [wéi] is used to greet people on the phone.

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History of China

When Chinese women get their right to vote?

It is a misconception that women in China gained the right to vote in 1949. Though that year is published in many books and some Historians go by this date because 1949 marks the year that the Chinese Communist party came to power.

This date however discounts the entire suffrage movement and the documentation that had been implented years prior. Women actually gained the right to vote in the year 1947, with the implementation of the Constitution of the Republic of China.

For more information on this topic I highly reccomend you see Louise Edward's article, "Women's Suffrage in China: Challenging Conventions", which can be viewed on

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Chinese Language and Culture

How do say HAPPY in Chinese language?

Word and Phrase Origins
Chinese Language and Culture

What does 'Da Ge' mean in Chinese?

"Da Ge" written as " 大哥 " means "older brother."

"Da (大)" literally means bigger

"Ge (哥)" is a shortened form of 哥哥 which also means older brother.

You can also call an older guy who you respect who is around your age a "da ge."

Chinese Language and Culture

How did the Chinese contribute to westward expansion?

They came over to californiia during the gold rush, along with the russians, japanese, etc.

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How long does the Chinese SAT take?

1 hour.

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Chinese Language and Culture

What does this say 艾艾尺诶提伊伊吾?

Ài ài chǐ éi tí yī yī wú

But this doesnt mean anything.

Chinese Language and Culture

Why do some people hate Chinese people?

In effect, hatred towards the Chinese ethnicity traces its roots back to the People's Republic of China's simultaneous industrial revolutions.

Due to an increasing awareness in the United States of China being a substantial economic and military power, propaganda was a common element used to spread a negative image of China and the Chinese in hopes that the public will have an increased sense of nationalism along with increased hatred of rivals.

This is not uncommon in the United States. The earlies accounts of this occurring involve the British and the spreading of propaganda in Europe that Britain was the "Devil's country" in hopes of gaining support in the American Revolutionary War. This was successful in many cases, most notably the French.

In more contemporary times, propaganda and "hate news" were spread about Germany during World Wars I and II and about Iraq in the Iraqi War.

As long as the People's Republic of China remains a rival to the United States as the world superpower, it is unlikely this will fade away. Other nations may experience a boost in economic or military power and their majority's ethnicity may experience the same thing.

Chinese Language and Culture
Percussion Instruments

Which percussion instrument symbolizes prosperity and marks social status in China?

I think that you are asking about a Gong, also known as a Tam-Tam. I have heard that definition for the Gong, but I am not 100% sure.

Ancient Religions
Chinese Language and Culture

In china does sun mean life and moon mean death?

not exactly, the sun and moon are aspects of Yang and Yin respectively. These forces have other aspects as well. Including hot and cold, dry and wet, life and death. So by association it is possible to say that the sun means life and the moon means death however really it is only because they are aspects of yin and yang.

Chinese Language and Culture

What Chinese zodiac is 1982?

It's the year of the Dog.

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What does pian means in mandarin language?

It depends on how it is used in a sentence; "pian" has multiple meanings.

"Pian" can mean to "lie", or "a piece of something". There are more definitions.

Chinese Language and Culture

Born in 1970 what is your animal zodiac?

It's the Dog.

Chinese Language and Culture

How much homework does a child in China get?

I can't tell you exactly how much homework they have a night, but I can give you evidence that would lead me to believe its a ton.

Whereas on most foreign exchange trips (those that I have observed at my school), the foreigners come and just try and enjoy the culture. They travel around and go to all the fun places on weekdays, and on weekends they will hang out with their family.

For the Chinese foreign exchange program we had, however, the students came to all the classes for a week, and then went home and studied. After a week, the Chinese students were assigned a three week long project, which they had to present at the end. My friend hosted one and said that all he did was work while he was at his house.


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