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The official language of Mainland China (PRC) is…
English is not the official language of China, Cantonese is spoken mostly in Southern China.
Chinese is a tonal language, this means that changing the tone of a word changes the:
Changing the tone of a word in Chinese changes its meaning.
Spoken Chinese has ___________ homophones (words that sound the same).
Spoken Chinese has many homophones, so context is vital in oral Chinese, but written Characters are easily distinguished.
Basic literacy in Chinese requires learning about _______ characters.
For basic literacy you need to know around 2,000 characters. To read a newspaper around 5,000. In total there’s around 40,000 characters, but only a few academics know them all.
Many concepts in Chinese are conveyed by combining 2 or more characters.
Many concepts in Chinese are conveyed by combining more than one character. This is done by saying or writing the individual characters one after another, rather than morphing into a new character.