Mandarin

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Mandarin
官話
A dialect of Chinese[1].

Alternative Names None

Origin China
Writing System Chinese Characters
In Use before 1600[2] to the present

Official/National
Language of
China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore[2]
Also Spoken in United States, Canada, United Kingdom
Native Speakers 885,000,000
Non-Native Speakers Unknown
Regulated by 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 (Generic for Chinese)
CMN (Mandarin)[2]

Pronunciation
English
Mandarin
Unknown
Unknown


Contents

History of Mandarin

See: Mandarin/history


Mandarin 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]

Mandarin in Other Languages

See: Mandarin/translate


Teaching Materials for Mandarin

Verb Guides

Sources

  1. Gordon, Raymond G., Jr. (ed.), 2005. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Fifteenth edition. Dallas, Tex.: SIL International. Online version: http://www.ethnologue.com/
  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 http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Chinese_language&oldid=211196279
  3. 3.0 3.1 Unicode Consortium, “UDHR in Unicode - Translations sorted by name,” http://www.unicode.org/udhr/index_by_name.html, 2/18/08.
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