Mandarin is a group of Sinitic (Chinese) languages spoken across most of northern and southwestern China. The group includes the Beijing dialect, the basis of the phonology of Standard Chinese. Because Mandarin originated in North China and most Mandarin languages and dialects are found in the north, the group is sometimes referred to as Northern Chinese. Many varieties of Mandarin, such those of the Southwest and the Lower Yangtze, are not mutually intelligible or are only partially intelligible with the standard language. Nevertheless, Mandarin is often placed first in lists of languages by number of native speakers.
In the autonomous region of Inner Mongolia in China, a move to reduce teaching in the Mongolian language in favour of Mandarin has led to rare mass protests and concern among the Mongolian diaspora in.. SBS - Published
International Mother Language Day is marked on 21 February, and with a fivefold increase in Mandarin speakers and an ageing generation of European migrants, SBS News explores where Australia is.. SBS - Published
Labor MP Mark Dreyfus Dreyfus says Labor believes Chisholm's pro-liberal election signs in Mandarin were a 'criminal breach' of electoral act but will not be challenging the result of the Victorian.. SBS - Published