Some of us must have asked this question, “Is Chinese a language?”. Why not, we know kind of little of the country as compared to other countries.
The answer to this question is kind of yes. According to Wikipedia, Chinese is a group of languages spoken in Greater China.
The term “Chinese” refers to the ethnic group who speak Chinese as their primary language. There are over 6,000 varieties of Chinese, which are grouped into two major subgroups: Mandarin and Cantonese.
I know why you would have asked this question. You want to know if the language spoken in China is called Chinese.
The term “Chinese” refers to the ethnic group who speaks Mandarin Chinese, which is the official national language of the People’s Republic of China. It is not a single language, but rather a collection of mutually intelligible dialects. There are about 400 million speakers of Chinese worldwide, most of whom live in Mainland China.
Well, the kind of Chinese that is spoken in China is called Mandarin.
The official name of the language is Mandarin Chinese, which is also known as Putonghua, while Cantonese, Hakka, Wu, Min Nan, Shanghainese, Hokkien, Teochew, Fukien, Hanyu, Gan, Xiang, Yue, Zhuang, Hakka, Amoy, Taiwanese, Pidgin English, and Standard Chinese are some of the names used for varieties of Chinese.
In ancient times, there were many different dialects of Chinese. Today, there are about 400 million people who speak Chinese. There are two main groups of Chinese people: Han Chinese and ethnic minorities. Han Chinese make up over 90% of the population of China. They live mainly in the north of China. Ethnic minorities include Tibetans, Uighurs, Mongols, Zhuang, Hui, Manchus, Koreans, Japanese, Vietnamese, Burmese, Mongolians, etc.
There are many ways to classify Chinese. It’s not a single language, but rather a group of related languages. In fact, there are over 100 distinct regional dialects of Chinese. These include Cantonese, Hakka, Wu, Min, Shanghainese, Fujianese, etc.