largest Chinese population in the world is mainland China with a
population estimated at 1.2 billion. Most of the Mainland Chinese
are found in the rural regions but there is a steady migration to
has a high literacy rate of 80% or higher of at least high school.
There are over a 100 dialects in China with the official
dialect being Mandarin - this being the official language
of the country. Spoken dialects in China is very different from
each other and each dialect group may not understand each other.
However, the common language of spoken and written Mandarin is easily
understand by almost everyone in China.
dialect groups in China include Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien and
written form of Mandarin is the simplified version, which has been
simplified and adapted from the traditional version. For some basic
understanding of Chinese words and phrases, please check our Chinese
next largest group of Chinese, of about 22 million is found in Taiwan.
Technically, Taiwan and China is still in a state
of war with each other, after the two countries were seperated in
official language of Taiwan is also Mandarin but their written form
of Mandarin is the traditional version, or what has been the officially
correct form of written Mandarin. The largest dialect group
in Taiwan is Hokkien (Minan).
the two countries has no formal official ties with each other, there
are a lot of Taiwanses investments and businesses in China.
Kong is now part of China from 1997, after Britian has ruled it
ever since the Opium War. Hong Kong has a population of about 6.6
million with the majority being ethnic Chinese.
official languages of Hong Kong is Cantonese and English,
having been a British Colony for many years. The country is in the
process of converting to using Mandarin as it's official language.
The written version of Hong Kong is still the tradition version.
next largest group of Chinese is found in Singapore, with a population
of 4.5 million, of which about 75% are ethnic Chinese. The biggest
dialect groups are Hokkien, Cantonese and Teochew.
official languages of Singapore is Mandarin and English with the
written Mandarin being the simplified version.
was formerly a Portugese colony but is now part of China. The population
is about 450,000 of which majority are ethnic Chinese.
written Chinese practised is the traditional version.
Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines
countries has a large proportion of ethnic Chinese
and mixed blood Chinese. Chinese is not an official
language in these countries and hence, you will find a mix of simplified
and traditional Mandarin practised here depending on the school
or newspaper that is promoting it.
large number of Chinese in Indonesia, Thailand and Philippines has
lost cultural ties with their enthicity and are barely able to read,
write or speak the language. Most Chinese in these countries are
culturally closer to their host culture than their enthic culture.
will find Chinese in almost any part of the world, especially in
enclaves commonly known as Chinatown. Again, most
Chinese in these countries who are of a 2nd generation
or more has lost cultural ties with their enthicity and are barely
able to read, write or speak the language. Most Chinese in these
countries are culturally closer to their host culture than their
with a rise of China economically and politically, we are seeing
a return of interest ethnic Chinese in their Chinese enthnicity
as parents rush to bring their children to Chinese language and
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