What is the difference between Chinese , Mandarin and Cantonese?


When foreign students choose to learn Chinese, the first problem is to choose Chinese, Mandarin or Cantonese?

We will give a detailed explanation on this issue .

Chinese refers to all Chinese languages, including the languages and local dialects of various nationalities. China is a multi-ethnic country with a total of 56 nationalities forming this big family, and these different nationalities form up to 129 languages. What's more amazing is that Chinese local dialects can not be counted with some unified standard . The most famous dialects are Cantonese, Shanghai, Ningbo, Wenzhou and so on. Even more incredible is that in southern China, across a mountain, or next joining town, the dialects are different. The most difficult dialect to understand in China is Wenzhou. Overseas, in addition to speaking Mandarin, the most used language is Cantonese.

In order to enable people speaking different dialects to communicate with each other, Mandarin was formed. More than 95% of people in China can listen and speak Mandarin. The official standard language is Mandarin. All newspapers, magazines, books and online articles are in Mandarin.

Therefore, learning Chinese is to choose to learn Mandarin.

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I sincerely hope that you can master Mandarin as soon as possible and lay a good foundation for your future.

Edited by Baoyang from Shanghai Beihaimandarin