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Simon
what's the differences between "mandarin" and "Chinese"? why so many foreigners translate "汉语" into "Mandarin" ? In China, we translate "汉语"into "Chinese".And we even don't know the word "mandarin"at all.Is "mandarin" more common than "Chinese"? what's the differences between "mandarin" and "Chinese"?
Jan 13, 2012 9:38 AM
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Thanks for all the people helping me
January 13, 2012
You're from China. You MUST know what it means when we say "Mandarin". Mandarin is the language spoken in Beijing, as opposed to other "languages" spoken in other provinces. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandarin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandarin_%28bureaucrat%29
January 13, 2012
Chinese: it's the langage use by all chinese people in China Mandarin: it's a dialect use by the major folks of China Ex: you can speak Mandarin or "Cantonnais" (Cantonese).
January 13, 2012
Mandarin is 普通话. The West was historically mostly familiar with 广东话 (Cantonese) through our links with Hong Kong (especially with the mainland being closed up for so long).
January 13, 2012
Simon
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English
Learning Language
English