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The term Mandarin, in my opinion, is a rather confusing term to non-Chinese speakers, as it is not obvious as for why this would be any different of a classification like Cantonese is. However, the word Mandarin in Chinese is 普通话, which strictly speaking means "the common language" and is the official language used for politics and the official media. Many ...


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The term Mandarin (普通话) denotes a dialect which is now the official spoken language of the People's Republic of China and used in most of the China mainland. But it was under heavy influence of the dialect of the Manchu People and not widely used before the Qing Dynasty. The term Chinese language (汉语) is a broader concept than Mandarin. All languages listed ...


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How you understand 'Chinese language' really depends on your point of view. If you consider it historically, maybe it should reference to the aggregate of dialects. Most 'Chinese' nowadays speak Mandarin, which is a political consequence. Before the 1900s, there was still no official Chinese pronunciation, and the Mandarin as a prevailing language was ...


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Tangut language is believe to be close to Tibetan, while the writing system of it was a mimic of Chinese characters. Tangut people are believed to be massacred by Mongolian invaders and the rest of them, if there is any, are believed to conceal their national identity and eventually become a part of other ethnic groups. The importance of Tangut language is ...



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