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Information about the Mandarin Chinese language and Chinese culture

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Facts about Chinese languages:

  • Chinese is one of the oldest languages still used today

  • One of the hardest languages to learn

  • 835 million native speakers; 100 million second language speakers.

  • It is a family of closely related but mutually unintelligible languages.

  • Dialects includes: Mandarin, Wu, Cantonese (Yue), Min, Hakka, Xiang, and Gan

  • Mandarin is the main language of the government, media and education in China

Where do I Start?

Try searching Academic Search Complete for journal articles.

For books and DVDs, search HU Libraries Summons.

Are you practicing speaking, listening, writing and reading in Chinese? Take a look at the Internet Sources page for useful websites.

Chinese Language Guide

Picture of the Forbidden City in Beijing, China

Picture of the Forbidden City, Beijing, China. Image from Lonely Planet.

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