Professional Chinese Language Lessons Online , 6 Consonant Pinyin
1.Putonghua is the common language of the Han ethnic group in
China. It's standard Chinese language. It's Mandarin and official.
It's based on Beijing phonetics and the dialect of the northern
2.The Chinese language is divided into seven major dialects.
Speakers of different dialects in some cases cannot understand each
other, but dialects are unified by the fact that they share a
common script. The seven Chinese dialects are Northern dialect, Wu
dialect, Xiang dialect, Gan dialect, Min dialect, Hakka(spoken in
northern Guangdong and other provinces) and Cantonese.
3.Min, Hakka and Cantonese are widely spoken among overseas Chinese
communities. In Taiwan a form of Min dialect is used, though the
official language is Mandarin. Mandarin is also widely used in
Singapore, where it's known as Huayu. Cantonese is mainly used in
Hongkong, Macao and Guangdong province.
4.There are two system in written Chinese. One is simplified, the
other is traditional. The simplified is used in Mainland. The
traditional is used by H.k. Macao, Taiwan and overseas Chinese