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 | Jan 12, 2011 AM | Related:Chinese language

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Starting to Learn the Chinese Language

At first sight the Chinese Language seems one of hardest languages to learn. But there are a number of things that are actually simpler in Chinese: spelling is phonetic; there are no complex verb declensions, no complex plurals, and no gender to nouns. Read More

Miscellaneous | Oct 24, 2010 PM | Related:Basic Chinese

Transcriptions: how to write down pronunciation

How to write down Chinese pronunciation? There are three major transcription systems: Wade-Giles Transcription, Pinyin Transcription, and Zhuyin Transcription and the Pinyin is the dominant one. Read More

Miscellaneous | Oct 2, 2010 AM | Related:Chinese transcription

Loanwords, New Words and Foreign Names

Loanwords are not scarce in Chinese. Foreign names cannot be translated but must be transscribed with characters that sound like the syllables of the foreign name. Read More

Miscellaneous | Oct 1, 2010 PM | Related:Chinese loanwords

Chinese dialects

Chinese dialects and relatives of Chinese languages

There are a few numbers of Chinese dialects apart from the official mandarin Chinese (or Putonghua based on northern Chinese dialect): Cantonese, Wu, Min, Hakka, Gan, Xiang, etc. Read More

Miscellaneous | Oct 1, 2010 PM | Related:Chinese dialects

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Chinese language overview

Standard Mandarin (Putonghua 普通话 / Guoyu 国语 / Huayu 华语) is a standardized form of spoken Chinese, based on the Beijing dialect, which is part of a larger group of North-Eastern and South-Western dialects, often taken as a separate language. Read More

Miscellaneous | Sep 30, 2010 PM | Related:chinese language

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