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Translations to Chinese

Chinese, or the Sinitic languages, is a family of languages mostly mutually unintelligible to varying degrees.

1.3 billion people, roughly a fifth of the world’s population, speak a variety of Chinese as their mother tongue.

There are between seven and thirteen main regional groups of Chinese (depending on classification scheme). The most spoken is, by far, Mandarin with (about 850 million) speakers), followed by Wu (90 million), Cantonese (Yue, 70 million) and Min (50 million).

Standard Chinese (Putonghua / Guoyu / Huayu) is a standardized form of spoken Chinese, based on the Beijing dialect of Mandarin Chinese. It is the official language of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (ROC, also known as Taiwan), as well as one of four official languages of Singapore.

Chinese is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
The People’s Republic of China is the world’s second largest economy both in nominal and PPP terms after the United States. It is the fastest-growing major economy worldwide, with average growth rates of 10% for the past 30 years.
China is also the world’s largest exporter and second largest importer of goods. Its top six trade partners are the U.S., Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and Germany, all of which form over 50% of China’s total international trade.

Chinese has lent many words to European languages such as English, for example “tea” and “ketchup”.

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