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Comparing this to Hindi- Hindi by no means is evenly spread across India like Mandarin in China, and youd have Punjabi in the north, Tamil in the south, Bengali in the northwest, etc., etc. Granted, its the most widespread language (I THINK), which is after all why its Hindi (literally, Indian!). But the Indian languages have maintained enough regional identity to stand equal to a majority language, which cant be said for most Chinese dialects apart from Cantonese.

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If India had the same culture of China in an alternate universe, Hindi would be called Indian and Hindi would be spoken by 70%+ of the population, approaching 100% as time approaches infinity. However, Hindi in our universe is spoken by 41% of India and English is their Guoyu used for administration and mass education. Because they cannot (or dont want to) piss off the other 59% of Indians whose mother tongue is not Hindi but rather a mosaic of languages like Punjabi, Pashto, Sindhi, Bengali, Tamil, Telegu, Malayalam, etc.

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I think thats roughly why, but I reckon my answers woefully incomplete. Hope this helped?

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Why does China not allow Chinese to be spoken instead of Mandarin?

Is Cantonese only a spoken language? Is Mandarin a spoken language? Do I write in Mandarin or Cantonese?

Sorry if your language didnt get a shout out. These are the ones I can name off the top of my head!

How does Mandarin spoken in Taiwan sound to mainland Chinese? How does Mandarin in mainland China sound to Taiwan Chinese?

Its because that Mandarin is mostly spoke in China. And the other languages in China are either spoken by few people or dont come from the main body (race) in China

What is your opinion about China and Chinese people?

In China, we would treat them as Mandarin, Cantonese, but not Chinese. We used Mandarin in most places so that if anyone wants to study Chinese, Mandarin will be better to communicate with more people in China.

Why does China outlaw Chinese languages?

What was the most spoken dialect in China before Mandarin was adopted as the official language?

There would be many reasons for this phenomenon, assuming it is true that Mandarin is called Chinese.

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As far as I know, the main reason would be that most Chinese people speaks Mandarin Chinese, and almost everyone in China knows Mandarin Chinese. Wherever it is in China, like Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, Yunnan, Tibet, Guangxi, Guangdong or Taiwan, you name it, people speaks Mandarin Chinese or at least knows Mandarin Chinese for daily usage. Maybe it is not their mother tongue, but they are all taught in Chinese at schools or colleges.

I think its mainly because its the Lingua Franca of China- you have so many dialects but you KNOW that everyone speaks some mandarin. Its the language that unifies, and thus defines, the Chinese linguistic sphere- even Taiwan and Singapore speak it, but once again these ethically Chinese regions have submitted to a unifying vision of their language.

Another reason would be, English does not serve as the lingua franca in China as it does in many other countries in the world. According to Alesh Vardhan, English serves as the lingua franca for the most part in Indian instead of Hindi or any other language in India. While Mandarin is no doubt to be the lingua franca in China.

Indian culture emphasizes diversity.

Is Cantonese only a spoken language? Is Mandarin a spoken language? Do I write in Mandarin or Cantonese?

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Why do some non Chinese like China?

Chinese is acceptable for the language called Putonghua (common speech) aka Guoyu (national language) aka Huayu (Chinese language) aka Hanyu (Han Chinese language) aka Zhongguohua (Chinese speech) aka Zhongwen (Chinese language) because Chinese culture emphasizes unity.

Mandarin has many names and what a person says is very telling of their political orientation and or where (s)he is from.

It is different from that in India, I know there are many indian people speaks Tamil language, and do not know any Hindi, another main language in India, at all. Is that right?

What are the languages spoken in China?

Is the language called Chinese or Mandarin?

Why do some non Chinese like China?

Is the language called Chinese or Mandarin?

What was the most spoken dialect in China before Mandarin was adopted as the official language?

Is Mandarin Chinese spoken in China and Taiwan the same?

Outside of China, which of the Chinese languages is most useful, or commonly spoken, excluding Mandarin?

What are the languages spoken in China?

Outside of China, which of the Chinese languages is most useful, or commonly spoken, excluding Mandarin?

Mandarin is called Chinese, so does Cantonese, Hakka, Tibet and many other languages. China is so big that many places have different accent, even languages.

Why does China not allow Chinese to be spoken instead of Mandarin?

Why do people call the Chinese language Mandarin?

China: Why is Mandarin called Chinese when there are several languages spoken in china?

What is the difference between Mandarin spoken in North China and South China?

I think Mandarin is still be called Mandarin Chinese instead of Chinese.

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