Is it correct that Chinese itself is a language and is different from Mandarin Cantonese and other so called

The Old Chinese of Shang times evolved into many variants which are no longer understood by other speakers. They are called dialects, but tend to use completely different sounds and their speakers need an interpreter, or sometimes use English.

The feedback you provide will help us show you more relevant content in the future.

Is the labelling of Chinese language as Mandarin or Cantonese a western construct?

The official language is known in English as Standardised Mandarin. The term Mandarin arose because Europeans found that officials from Imperial China spoke something noticeably different from the Chinese they had encountered, who would mostly have spoken either Cantonese or Hokkien (which was the most common dialect in Singapore)

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

How are the various Chinese languages called in Asian languages?

Chinese: A language with different dialects? Or is it a group of different languages?

There are also 56 minorities within the Peoples Republic, most with their own language.Is this answer still relevant and up to date?

What other languages do Chinese speak?

Are all Chinese languages dialects of the standard Mandarin or are some completely different languages?

The writing system is decoupled from pronunciation, therefore, you can call Korean or Japanese a dialect of Chinese as well if they start to write what they speak in Chinese characters.

As I said in another question, Southern Chinese Fāngyáns are always influencing by Northern Chinese language since ancient time because the North is the political center and the dispersal center of immigration. So the each Southern Chinese Fāngyáns preserved several different pronunciation systems brought by the immigrants and government officials of different time periods. Chinese scholars called those different pronunciation systems Historical strata.

I think you are correct, if we are talking about the writing and speaking of Chinese.

So the major difference between Indo-European language and Chinese Fāngyáns is once a European language separate from another, it is a high possibility that they hardly interact with each other. But for Chinese, the Northern Fāngyán supported by strong central government and migration center, is constantly influenced Southern Fāngyáns. Mandarin and other dialects are always connecting to each other tightly, it is difficult for Chinese to separate them.This is because the writing system of Chinese character is considered as a important factor.

How many non-Chinese people speak Chinese languages other than Mandarin (such as Cantonese, etc.)?

its speakers have at least a state of their own (PRC, Taiwan) and it unifies China

It depend on your point of view.If you consider the factor of written language, they can be consider dialects, and Chinese as a whole is a language; if you only consider the pronunciation of oral language, they are individual languages.

But in a Westerners point of view, things will be different.Because Westerner focus more on the pronunciation system of one language as a whole.Western Scholars does not consider what if the dialect is written out in Chinese characters that much. So Its OK to say that Chinese Fāngyáns are individual languages.

With national education and electronic media, the situation in China today now approximates that of Western countries with a national language unified both as speech and writing. Its incorrect to use to refer to standard Chinese speech, but not unusual today.

Still have a question? Ask your own!

Scholars use the word Fāngyán to translate dialect after the New Culture Movement in the late 1910s. But due to the difference between the Chinese dialects and the European languages, we still cannot put a congruent mark between Fāngyán and dialects.

Is the labelling of Chinese language as Mandarin or Cantonese a western construct?

In Minnan, aka Taiwanese, the character (Four) is pronounced as s when counting, s when pronouncing peoples names.

, Fluent in Mandarin and a few Southern dialects

Versions of Mandarin were the most common language within China, dominating in the north and widely spread in the south. The south also had a mix of mutually incomprehensible dialect. Since most Han felt part of a single nation, they standardised on Mandarin.

Is the Chinese language misogynistic?

Is the language called Chinese or Mandarin?

Traditionally Europe hadgrammatica(Latin) and vernaculars or vulgar tongues.

Do you speak Chinese? is a poorly asked question. There is no such thing as speaking Chinese, just like there is no speaking Indian!

However the alphabetic scripts expose pronunciation differences that would be hidden by Chinese script.

Actually there are two entities involved, Chinese Ideograms and Spoken Chinese.

Fāngyán, literally the spoken language of a specific region. During Qing dynasties, foreign languages such as English and France was also called .@ –

The Chinese Language (spoken and written) is situationally and contextually sensitive, as is Chinese culture. In the words of Edward T. Hall it is a high-context culture as opposed to Anglo-Germanic cultures which are on the opposite side of the scale and are low-context. Low-context cultures in general have fixed terms which do not very from situation to situation, whereas high-context cultures a given term can change from situation to situation. Therefore one can imagine when a person from a low-context culture is put in to a high-context cultural environment things seem very vague and lack order. And when a person from a high-context culture is put into a low-context environment it would be natural for them to feel the culture is very rigid and inhumane at times almost machine like.

Should Cantonese be considered as a language or as a dialect?

Chinese Mandarin is a language, often refereed to as Chinese. It is distinct from other Chinese dialects.

Is the Chinese language misogynistic?

Traditionally India hadsaṃskṛt(refined) language andprkṛta(natural) languages.

Traditionally East Asia had writing and speech . The latter differed in every place, the former was one.

Is it correct that Chinese itself is a language and is different from Mandarin, Cantonese and other so called dialects of the Chinese language?

How many non-Chinese people speak Chinese languages other than Mandarin (such as Cantonese, etc.)?

The Chinese word (Fāngyán) does not have the exact same meaning as the western word dialect.

Because of different pronunciations or dialects, people from different regions (even different times of history) may not understand each other, but they can probably communicate by writing. The Chinese Characters are unified.

The writing of Chinese is the same all over the country. The same writing is always thought as a reason for why China is such a unified big country which is different from the fragmented europe. The differences is most in the pronunciation of Chinese.Mandarin is official pronunciation now.But most people at lease know one dialect. So most Chinese can say twolanguage but can only wrie onelanguage(assume that they dont study foreign language).

You also havedifferent dialects(4fang2yan, ) and accents, whichlack prestigecompared to Chinese Mandarin.

Is the language called Chinese or Mandarin?

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

Chinese: A language with different dialects? Or is it a group of different languages?

In general, people talking about Chinese language refer toChinese Mandarin(4han3yu, , literally the language of the Han people).

Related QuestionsMore Answers Below

it is used in writing (see the beautiful characters below)

Chinese Mandarin cant just be considered as a dialect and really is Chinas language as:

Is this answer still relevant and up to date?

It is my experience as a foreigner that people will never ask me if I speak putonghua, or mandarin, rather most would ask if I speak Chinese because the situation here is one of an international one. Whereas with Chinese nationals amongst them selves it would seem strange if they asked the other person if they could speak Chinese, theyd almost always ask if they could speak Mandarin, even with a person who isnt Han Chinese.

s , which is similar to the pronunciation of modern Mandarin, is brought by later immigrants of Yuan and Ming or even later and the education system. That pronunciation that is taught by the government and is more similar to Modern Mandarin is called , literal pronunciation.

Is Mandarin really what Chinese people call their language?

A dialect is avarietyof alanguagethat is a characteristic of a particular group of the languages speakers (Wikipedia).

In China, you havedifferent languages: Mandarin, Shanghainese, Cantonese, Hakka, etc.

Ideograms are based on meanings, and go back at least as far as the Shang dynasty Oracle Bones, 3200 years ago. They have of course been modified and simplified many times. The Peoples Republic use a simplified system introduced in Maos time, and a more traditional form is used in Taiwan and other places.

Why do people call the Chinese language Mandarin?

Immigrants of different time period brought different pronunciation of the same Chinese to Fāngyáns.

Is Mandarin really what Chinese people call their language?

The pronunciation s is brought by earlier immigrants maybe during Tang Dynasty (618~907), which is similar to the pronunciation of the Northern dialect that time. This kind of pronunciation that is brought by earlier immigrants and laid the foundation of everyday phrases is call , daily pronunciation.

How are the various Chinese languages called in Asian languages?

Leave a Comment