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Miscellaneous | Jan 12, 2011 AM

Chinese language facts

* All Chinese dialects share one writing system of about 40.000 symbols which are 'universally' comprehensible. Spoken Chinese varieties often are mutually incomprehensible. * Mandarin is the ...

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Miscellaneous | Oct 24, 2010 PM

Starting to Learn the Chinese Language

At first sight the Chinese Language seems one of hardest languages to learn. To english speakers who often have very limited exposure to foreign languages at school, the level of difficulty looks com...

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Miscellaneous | Oct 2, 2010 AM

Transcriptions: how to write down pronunciation

Transcriptions: how to write down pronunciationThe old Chinese became aware of the sound system of their own language when they had to translate foreign words with a meaning that could not be express...

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Miscellaneous | Oct 1, 2010 PM

Loanwords, New Words and Foreign Names

Like all people, the Chinese had an intensive contact with neighboring people. They adopted many words from the northern steppe people that used things the Chinese did not know. When the Chinese lear...

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Chinese dialects

Miscellaneous | Oct 1, 2010 PM

Chinese dialects and relatives of Chinese languages

Dialects or Languages?Chinese language is the language spoken by most people of the world, at least theoretically. There exist many inhabitants of China, especially in the South, that do barely under...

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chinese language

Miscellaneous | Sep 30, 2010 PM

Chinese language overview

Chinese or the Sinitic language(s) (汉语/漢語 Hànyǔ; 华语/華語 Huáyǔ; 中文 Zhōngwén) is a language family consisting of languages which are mostly mutually unintelligible to varying degrees. Ori...

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