Mandarin Chinese for All?
When considering Chinese languages, there is no comparison for the ease and practicality of the Mandarin Chinese language. Because Mandarin Chinese is the official language in so many Chinese speaking countries, it would be wise to take the time to get to know this Chinese language!
Mandarin Chinese: the Language
In Mandarin Chinese, the name for the language can be said as “zhōng wén” which is the language of the Mainland or literally “central character” as China is considered the center of the world and characters are the form or script of the language. (It’s interesting that China truly is becoming a central character in leading countries around the world)!
Still, for so many people, the spoken language is considered “pú tōng huà” or the “commonly communicated language” probably better translated as the commonly spoken language of the people. In naming the Chinese language this, the Chinese people have agreed together that humility truly is a valuable asset in Chinese culture!
Mandarin Chinese: the Difference
“How does this language differ from other Chinese languages?” you might ask.
- Mandarin Chinese uses four tones plus an neutral tone when speaking the language (as opposed to approximately twelve when you are considering Cantonese).
- The Mandarin language itself is incredibly practical in that simple, general phrases are commonly spoken.
- No fluff
- No formality
- Mandarin Chinese characters are the simplified version (as opposed to the traditional characters, which are actually called “complicated” characters in Mandarin. In this way, you can clearly see how a part of their history is shown through their language because the cultural revolution valued those things that were the most basic and simplified.
- Mainland Chinese culture also tends to follow this pattern by being a people of few words, but easily demonstrate practical action taken regarding
- Value of others
- Ability to keep relationships