For thousands of years, Chinese people speak in hundreds
different dialects, but use only one written system, Han
Character (汉字), which makes the written communication
and culture inheritance possible. The separation of the written
and spoken forms of the Chinese language provides a tie that
holds the Chinese people together while gives a space for
different expressions in daily lives.
The following is a brief overview of today’s Chinese dialects:
1, Northern Dialect (also called Mandarin)
The official tongue of China, mainly based on Beijing dialect.
2, Jiangsu Dialect (also called Wu Dialect)
Mainly based on Suzhou dialect, which in a way is closer
to the Song mandarin than that of the northern dialect. Song
Dynasty (960-1279) is the most economically, culturally and
intellectually developed period in Chinese history with vast
volume of written materials produced during that time. Jiangsu
Dialect agian branches into many different sub-dialects,
and Shanghai dialect is one of them.
3, Anhui Dialect (also called Hui Dialect)
Mainly used by people in Anhui province.
4, Jiangxi Dialect (also called Gang Dialect)
Mainly used by people in Jianxi Province.
5, Hunan Dialect (also called Xiang Dialect)
Mainly used by people in Hunan Province
6, Gujian Dialect (also called Minnan Dialect)
Mainly sued by people in Fujian and Taiwan Provinces
7, Kejia Dialect
Mainly ethnicaly based (by Kejia ethnic people). People
who speak this particular form of dialect can be found in
Fujian, Taiwan and other southern provinces.
Mainly used by people in Guangdong Province and Hong Kong.
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