Mandarin is the only official language of the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan. It is also an official language in Singapore. The version uTalk teaches uses simplified characters and pinyin transliteration. Chinese is a tonal language and you have to be careful not to say something totally different to what you mean by emphasizing different sounds – so listen carefully!§Learn Chinese (Mandarin) with uTalk
The language uses both the left and the right side of your brain.
The national standard language has four different tones – if you use the wrong one you could end up calling your mother (mã) a horse (mâ)!
The name Mandarin can be traced back to meaning ‘the language of officials’ because the language originates from a dialect once spoken by Chinese officials.
The Chinese full stop is a small open circle: 。
Gift giving is important in China and so is the colour of the wrapping paper you choose. Red is considered lucky, gold symbolises wealth while black and white are best avoided because of associations with death and funerals.
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