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A language in the Sino-Tibetan language family[1].

Alternative Names None

Origin China
Writing System Chinese Characters
In Use before 1100 BC[2] to the present

Language of
China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore[2]
Also Spoken in United States, Canada, United Kingdom
Native Speakers >1,000,000,000
Non-Native Speakers Unknown
Regulated by Mandarin
National Language Regulating Committee (in China)
Mandarin Promotion Council (in Taiwan)
Promote Mandarin Council (in Singapore)

ISO 639-1 Code ZH[2]
ISO 639-2 Code CHI/ZHO[2]
ISO 639-3 Code ZHO (all-encompassing)
CDO (Min Dong)
CJY (Jinyu)
CMN (Mandarin)
CPX (Pu Xian)
CZH (Huizhou)
CZO (Min Zhong)
GAN (Gan)
HAK (Hakka)
HSN (Xiang)
MNP (Min Bei)
NAN (Min Nan)
WUU (Wu)
YUE (Cantonese)[2]



History of Chinese

See: Chinese/history

Chinese Phonology

Text Sample

Traditional: 人人生而自由,在尊嚴和權利上一律平等。他們賦有理性和良心,並應以兄弟關係的精神互相對待。
-Article 1, “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights”[3]

Simplified: 人人生而自由,在尊严和权利上一律平等。他们赋有理性和良心,并应以兄弟关系的精神互相对待。
-Article 1, “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights”[3]

Chinese in Other Languages

See: Chinese/translate

Teaching Materials for Chinese

Chinese Dictionaries

Verb Guides


Miscellaneous Chinese Character References

Other Links of Interest

  • Chinese Proverbs (click on the English and it'll take you to the original Chinese version)


  1. Gordon, Raymond G., Jr. (ed.), 2005. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Fifteenth edition. Dallas, Tex.: SIL International. Online version:
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Chinese language. (2008, May 9). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 07:23, May 9, 2008, from
  3. 3.0 3.1 Unicode Consortium, “UDHR in Unicode - Translations sorted by name,”, 2/18/08.
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