Chinese (Mandarin): Introduction

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欢迎来到 Languo Learning 的中文部分! 

Welcome to Languo Learning’s Chinese (Mandarin) Session!

Before starting our lessons, I’m going to be talking a little bit about the Chinese (Mandarin) language itself. 

Mandarin Chinese is a standard variety of Chinese that is the sole official language of China and the de facto official language of Taiwan, and also one of the four official languages of Singapore. Its pronunciation is based on the Beijing dialect, its vocabulary on the Mandarin dialects, and its grammar is based on written vernacular Chinese.

It is a very old yet still living language with several thousand years worth of history. In addition, it is one of the five official languages of the UN, and about 2 million American residents are Chinese home speakers. Other languages such as written Japanese has several thousand characters borrowed from Chinese. It has been estimated that until the 18th century, more than half of the wold’s printed books were in Chinese. ¹

Now, let’s begin our lessons!


¹ “Standard Chinese.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 19 Aug. 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_Chinese.
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