This is the first in a series of clips breaking down what the ‘Chinese Language’ actually is. 中文 ‘zhōng wén’ is a catch all term that Chinese speakers use when referring to the ‘Chinese Language’, but it has different meanings for different people. If you speak Cantonese, to say the Cantonese equivalent – if someone speaks ‘中文-zūng màhn’, it would mean that they speak Cantonese. For some, it means just the literary or written language. For some the term Chinese refers to modern Mandarin 普通話 pǔ tōng huà and all other forms of Chinese modern and ancient are just ‘dialects’ or 方言 fāng yán.
In this clip, based on a TEDx talk that I presented in Chinese in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia a few years back, I present many different ‘forms’ of Chinese and show what ‘Chinese’ or 中文 ‘zhōng wén’ means to me.
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