Play FREE online LittleNex educational games for learning Chinese and enjoy FREE Chinese learning tools such as picture flashcards with both pinyin and Chinese characters (calligraphy and print), annotated bilingual ebooks in basic, intermediate, and advanced Chinese, and Chinese vocabulary lists carefully organized by subject and difficulty level and featuring pinyin and English translation.
You will also find here free excerpts of well-known literature works in Chinese with their Chinese vocabulary guides in English and pinyin to help with Mandarin reading.
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"Chinese is a group of related but in many cases mutually unintelligible language varieties" (source: Wikipedia).
The varieties of Chinese are usually described as dialects but they are linguistically as diverse and different as a language family. For example, somebody from Beijing where people speak Mandarin would have a hard time understanding somebody from Hong Kong where people speak Cantonese.
There are between 7 and 13 main regional groups of Chinese, most of which share common terms and some degree of intelligibility. In our example, the same person from Hong Kong can possibly under duress or in a state of tremendous concentration follow a conversion pattern and find out what the person from Beijing wants to say.
Standard Chinese (also called Putonghua, Guoyu, or Huayu) is the standardized form of the Beijing dialect. It is the official language of China and Taiwan, as well as one of four official languages of Singapore. It is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
The Chinese characters come in two flavors: the simplified Chinese characters and the traditional Chinese characters. The person from Beijing writes Chinese with simplified Chinese characters, the person from Hong Kong learns traditional Chinese characters at school. Please see below for more details.
Unless otherwise stated, Chinese is understood as Standard Chinese or Mandarin Chinese throughout the website.
Cantonese Chinese, which is a major Chinese dialect spoken around the world, and in our example the language spoken by the person from Hong Kong, will be added later to our program.
The pronunciation featured in our website is the standard pronunciation as described in the Pinyin system, the phonetics for transliterating Chinese characters into the Roman alphabet. Pinyin is sometimes known as the Chinese alphabet.
Pinyin was created and officially adopted by Mainland China in 1979. Note that pinyin has its own pronunciation keys and MUST NOT be read as English.
Learn more on pinyin here:
Traditional Chinese characters are used in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and in the overseas Chinese communities around the world.
To learn more on Chinese traditional characters, Chinese simplified characters, pinyin and other Chinese languages, see the Chinese language courses at our Member website LittleNex.com