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  Chinese script and language
Spoken Chinese: Cantonese, Dungan, Gan, Hakka, Mandarin, Shanghainese, Taiwanese, Teochew and Xiang
Chinese is written with characters known as 漢字 [汉字] (hànzi).
Chinese characters, with some modifications, are also used in written Japanese and Korean, and were once used to write Vietnamese.
www.omniglot.com /writing/chinese.htm   (970 words)

  Chinese Language - MSN Encarta
It is the official language of China and one of the official languages of Singapore.
Chinese is also spoken by large emigrant communities, such as those in Southeast Asia, North and South America, and the Hawaiian Islands.
As the dominant language of East Asia, Chinese has greatly influenced the writing systems and vocabularies of neighboring languages not related to it by origin, such as the Japanese language, the Korean language, and the Vietnamese language.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761565543/Chinese_Language.html   (735 words)

  Chinese language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Chinese (汉语/漢語, Pinyin: Hànyǔ; 中文, Zhōngwén; 华语/華語, Huáyǔ; or 华文/華文, Huáwén) is a language (or language family) that forms part of the Sino-Tibetan family of language.
Old Chinese (T:上古漢語S:上古汉语P:Shànggǔ Hànyǔ), sometimes known as “Archaic Chinese”, was the language common during the early and middle Zhōu Dynasty (1122 BC–256 BC), texts of which include inscriptions on bronze artifacts, the poetry of the Shījīng, the history of the Shūjīng, and portions of the Yìjīng (I Ching).
Chinese morphology is strictly bound to a set number of syllables with a fairly rigid construction which are the morphemes, the smallest building blocks, of the language.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Chinese_language   (6671 words)

 Chinese Cultural Studies:  The Chinese Language and Alphabet
The 'Sinitic' part of the name refers to the various Chinese languages (often referred to as 'dialects'); the 'Tibetan' part refers to several languages found mainly in Tibet, Burma, and nearby territories.
It is possible to identify 'clusters' of languages which have certain features in common, such as the 50 or so Lolo languages, spoken by around 3 million people in parts of Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and China.
Han Chinese is thus to be distinguished from the non-Han minority languages used in China.
acc6.its.brooklyn.cuny.edu /~phalsall/texts/chinlng2.html   (1520 words)

 Encyclopedia :: encyclopedia : Chinese language   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Chinese is often thought to be a single language, though in fact regional variation between different variants/dialects is comparable to that of, for instance, the Romance language family; many variants of Chinese are different enough to be mutually incomprehensible.
The terms and concepts used by Chinese to separate spoken language from written language are different from those used in the West, because of differences in the political and social development of China in comparison with Europe.
Old Chinese (T:上古漢語S:上古汉语P:Shànggǔ Hànyǔ), sometimes known as 'Archaic Chinese', was the language common during the early and middle Zhou Dynasty (1122 BC - 256 BC), texts of which include inscriptions on bronze artifacts, the poetry of the Shijing, the history of the Shujing, and portions of the Yijing (I Ching).
www.hallencyclopedia.com /Chinese_language   (7026 words)

 Chinese Language Program
The relationship between language and culture, the sociolinguistically appropriate use of language, and differences between the standard spoken and standard written languages are stressed throughout.
Chinese is a language spoken in numerous regions and countries, so we try to familiarize learners with Mandarin as spoken in China, Taiwan, and elsewhere.
In first-year Chinese we begin with traditional characters, since simplified characters were in most cases derived from the traditional ones, and -- if one is to learn both anyway -- it is easier to move from traditional to simplified than vice versa.
www.williams.edu /Asian/chinese.html   (721 words)

 Chinese language and dialects from ALS International   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The written forms of Chinese include a traditional alphabet and a simplified Chinese (Pinyin), which was originated in 1948 after the establishment of the People's Republic of China, to make the written lanuage more accessible to the general population.
Traditional Chinese is still widely used throughout Asia and among Chinese populations around the world, while simplified Chinese is virtually universal in the People's Republic of China.
Yue, including the well-known Cantonese (the language of Guangzhou -also known as Canton) is spoken in many part of the Chinese Diaspora, particularly Hong Kong and overseas Chinese settlements in the United States, Europe and South-east Asia..
www.alsintl.com /languages/chinese.htm   (821 words)

 Chinese Language Encyclopedia Articles @ NaturalResearch.org (Natural Research)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The forms of the characters in the inscriptions changed slightly over the 200 to 300 years, and scholars date the inscriptions of the Shāng to the ruler by the content, particularly from the name of the diviners who inscribed the shell or bone artifacts.
Foreign words continue to enter the Chinese language by transcription according to their pronunciations.
Only ten years ago, there were very few students of Chinese in the Western world, despite it being the most spoken language in the world.
www.naturalresearch.org /encyclopedia/Chinese_language   (5152 words)

 Study of Chinese Language Soars in Southeast Asia
Chinese communities in Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Cambodia have set up core organizations to give guidance and pool financial support for the Chinese-language teaching sector in their countries.
Analysts said a major distinction for the current "Chinese Boom" is that the promotion of Chinese language is, for the first time in history, getting strong attention and support from Southeast Asian governments, which have already began to integrate Chinese-teaching into national educational policies.
They also permitted the language to enter the curriculum of public schools and national universities, which means all their citizens, not only ethnic Chinese, are now able to access the knowledge of Chinese language.
www.china.org.cn /english/2001/Dec/23828.htm   (808 words)

 Learn Chinese, Chinese Windows, Chinese Office, Chinese Software, Chinese Dictionary, Chinese Translation, Chinese ...
Chinese, like the other languages of the Sino-Tibetan family, is a tonal language, meaning that different tones, or intonations, dis-tinguish words that otherwise are pronounced identically.
Chinese is written with thousands of distinctive characters called ideographs which have no relation to the sound of a word.
The earliest Chinese characters were pictographs, such as a crescent for the moon, or a circle with a dot in the center to represent the sun.
www.worldlanguage.com /Languages/Chinese.htm   (1199 words)

 EthnoMed: Chinese Language Profile
The Chinese language is the oldest written language in the world with at least six thousand years of history.
The official language of China, Mandarin is the dialect taught in Chinese schools.
It is the universal language used throughout the northern, central, and southwestern provinces of China.
www.ethnomed.org /ethnomed/cultures/chinese/chin_lang.html   (2151 words)

 Learn Chinese in China. Study Chinese or Wushu and Kung Fu in China; Mandarin Chinese Language Schools; Universities ...
These components are designed to allow participants to progress rapidly, gain fluency in the language through accelerated teaching methods and allow participants at lower proficiency levels to acquire the language skills needed for effective communication in a short period of time, and for advanced students to gain expression proficiency at an abstract level.
Core Language Classes are held at China's leading language academic institution, the Academy of Chinese Language Study (ACLS) with campuses in Beijing and Shanghai.
Activities with Chinese students and native speakers are held throughout the program in order to facilitate the use of Chinese and encourage cultural and social exchange.
www.worldlinkedu.com /chinese_language.html   (2685 words)

The optimal way to improve your Chinese language is to travel to the land of the rising sun and cram yourself with Chinese culture and characters while you learn to speak Chinese.
Because of this, all major cities in china are crammed with Chinese language schools that accommodate superb facilities, normally including native Chinese speaking teachers, or individuals with a degree or masters in teaching Chinese as a foreign language.
Travelling in China and practicing you Chinese language skills will broaden your mind while captivating your heart, the poverty of country can be depressing, however with your wide eyes and clear mind you will appreciate how fortunate you are to experience this compelling country and learn the Chinese language.
www.abroadlanguages.com /learn/chinese   (695 words)

 The Chinese Language School of Connecticut   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Our vision was to create a school that children looked forward to attending every week--where they could learn practical communication skills, develop a life-long appreciation for the Chinese language and culture, and build lasting friendships with their fellow students.
The Chinese Language School of Connecticut teaches Mandarin Chinese as a second language to children ages 18 months and up.
Through early exposure to Chinese, the school seeks to provide students with a foundation for future learning and cultivate their long term interest in the language, culture and traditions of China.
www.chineselanguageschool.org /aboutus.shtml   (511 words)

 Learn Chinese Online - Write or Speak in Chinese Language Exchange
A language exchange complements other forms of learning such as classroom, cultural immersion and multimedia, because you get to practice all that you have learned with native speakers in a safe and supportive environment.
Language exchange learning is also inexpensive because we provide free tips and conversation lesson plans that allow you to do a language exchange on your own.
Hi, If you are interested in Chinese language, pls contact with me. I am 33-years-old man and living in Shanghai, a huge and modern city, and going to perfect my English with your help.
www.mylanguageexchange.com /Learn/Chinese.asp   (926 words)

 Amazon.com: Chinese (Cambridge Language Surveys): Books: Jerry Norman   (Site not responding. Last check: )
This general introduction to the study of Chinese traces the language's history from its beginnings in the second millennium B.C. to the present, and provides a clear picture of the contemporary language and its sociolinguistic status.
Chinese, in its numerous dialects, has more speakers than any other language in the modern world, and this vast extension in time and space brings to its study an exceptional complexity.
Chinese includes information on the genetic and typological connections of the language, the writing system, the classical and early vernacular tongues, the modern language and non-standard dialects, and the history of linguistic reform in China.
www.amazon.com /Chinese-Cambridge-Language-Surveys-Norman/dp/0521296536   (1397 words)

 Chinese language classes popular in APS : Local : Albuquerque Tribune   (Site not responding. Last check: )
That plan changed when she received a call to start teaching Chinese at CEC just two hours before the class was to begin.
Her article is going to be timely with the ever-growing demand for Chinese language teachers.
More students are enrolling in Chinese language now because it's required at the charter school and the Early College Academy, a joint program offered by the enrichment center and Central New Mexico Community College.
www.abqtrib.com /news/2006/sep/28/chinese-language-classes-popular-aps   (1227 words)

 Chinese Language
CHN 020 Fundamentals of Chinese Characters This is an introductory course on Chinese characters.
By the end of the semester, students are expected to have mastered another 500 Chinese characters in addition to the 500 chracters learned in CHN 001 and CHN 002, have a good knowledge of the basic Chinese grammar concepts, have acquired practical language skills that they can apply to a variety of everyday situations.
CHN 095 (Conversational Chinese for Beginners) This is an elementary Chinese course specially designed for beginners with an emphasis on developing minimum communicative competence in Chinese.
www.uvm.edu /~chinese/chinlan.htm   (937 words)

 Learn Mandarin Chinese Language in Beijing, Mandarin Chinese Programs, and Study Abroad in China
We offer affordable and high quality China related programs and we can also arrange accommodation, insurance, elective workshops, language tutorials, social activities, interaction with native speakers and more for you.  Our aim is to give you an optimal environment to fully immerse yourself into Chinese language, business, culture and way of life.
Learn Mandarin Chinese language with discipline while enriching your martial arts skills under the guidance of China's National Wushu champions in Beijing.  Stay healthy and train in a variety of martial arts forms including chuangquan, qigong, taiji quan and more.
Study Mandarin Chinese and gain practical work experience by doing an internship in China!  Designed for participants who want to jumpstart their careers in China, this program is also excellent for participants to improve job, language and business skills.
www.prcstudy.com   (796 words)

 Chinese Language Schools - EaseChinese.com
It is committed to providing highly skilled students with high-quality language and professional training, opening doors and creating opportunities that will benefit them far beyond the time-frame and scope of the chosen program.
BingChen is operated by a global network group of language professionals with knowledge, skills and experience, who's specialized in Chinese language and culture.
As a Mandarin/ Chinese Language School based in Hong Kong, MSL learning Center is specialized in teaching non-Chinese speakers Mandarin.
www.easechinese.com /chinese-language-schools.php   (399 words)

 AP Chinese Language and Culture
The first AP Chinese Language and Culture courses will be offered worldwide in the fall of 2006, followed by the exam in May of 2007.
The AP Chinese Exam will assess students' interpersonal communication skills, their abilities to present and interpret language in spoken and written forms, and their functional familiarity with Chinese culture.
The AP Chinese Language and Culture course will be roughly equivalent to a second year college course.
www.collegeboard.com /student/testing/ap/sub_chineselang.html?chineselang   (304 words)

 New York’s Chinese Language Schools Growing in Popularity
On this brisk fall day, far from the jungle gyms, playing fields, TV screens and videogame consoles where their classmates can be found, these students join the generations of Chinese American students forced to sacrifice weekend mornings to sit in uncomfortable desks and be admonished in a foreign language.
In the Chinese-American community where obedience to your parents is seldom questioned, Chinese language school is an inevitability that children must silently endure.
Chinese communities have existed in the U.S. for at least 160 years, yet their culture and language show no signs of disappearing here.
www.arc.org /racewire/050120l_macabasco.html   (1310 words)

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