The great history of Chinese languages

The great history of Chinese languages

Thanks to many diasporas and also to the desire of the government, Mandarin has spread all over the world
Chinese belong to the Sino-Tibetan language family. This category includes the Chinese languages ​​(10 languages ​​and 1.35 billion speakers) and the Tibetan-Burmese languages ​​(330 languages ​​for 70 million speakers).
As with the Sumerian and Egyptian writing, the Chinese writing is one of the oldest. This type of Chinese, known as “ancient” receives a name: “archaic Chinese.”
Most of the writing characters that make up this language are phonograms, or in other words, they are read like Egyptian hieroglyphics.
The center-north and the west that bring together the “northern speakers”, close to Mandarin.
The Southeast that includes the different languages ​​and dialects, generally different, both in structure and vocabulary, as well as Cantonese (Yue), Min (Fujian, Taiwan) and Wu (Shanghai).
The Mandarin
Mandarin reached its moment of glory in 1956 in the great history of Chinese languages , becoming the standard language of China.
At that time, a reform modified 2300 complex ideograms, in order to make them more accessible when learning to write, both by the Chinese and by the foreigners.
This language found its origin in the different most widely spoken dialects of the northern provinces of the country, being inspired mainly by that of Beijing, the capital.
Mandarin, symbolizing China’s economic development, has become indispensable for doing business and also represents the first language spoken in the world.

Cantonese: The great history of Chinese languages

The word “Cantonese” comes from the word Canton , the western word for Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong, considered the “mother province” of the Cantonese language.
Being perceived by its detractors as an incorrect version of Mandarin, Cantonese has been cornered for Mandarin Chinese to prevail more significantly.
The Cantonese diaspora has allowed Cantonese to be heard in other countries:
Malaysia (750,000),
Vietnam (500,000),
And North America where currently more than 180,000 Cantonese speakers are in the city of San Francisco.

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