If you’re reading this, you’re probably either learning to speak Mandarin or have at least a passing interest in studying. Because China is composed of 56 distinct ethnic groups and many distinct languages, to say you’re studying “Chinese” may not be specific enough. The most prevalent language, Mandarin, is the language of the Han – the largest ethnic group in China and one of the largest in the world with over 1.2 billion people.
More than 5000 years ago, the ancient Huaxia people settled in Yellow River area of central China. This people and time is known as the cradle of Chinese civilization because it birthed the Han Ethnic Group that now populates the whole of China.
Mandarin (普通话pǔtōnɡhuà) belongs to the Sino-Tibetan language family and has seven broad categories of dialects. This ancient and character based language evolved from pictographs carved on bones and tortoise shells. Modern day pronunciation of these 6,000 year old characters is standardized by the northern region of the country where Beijing, the capital is located.
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