Chinese languages are also called the Sinitic languages and they are a subfamily of the Sino-Tibetan language family. There are two different systems for written Chinese characters, Traditional (Classical Chinese) and Simplified. There are various Chinese dialects groups which are united by a common written system. Simplified characters are used in The People‘s Republic of China and in Singapore. Traditional Characters are used in Taiwan, and in Hong Kong, Macau and many Chinese diaspora communities.
It’s been said that there are 200 distinct varieties of Chinese, and 13 dialect groups, this is why Chinese Translation has to be very specific. Standard Chinese generally referred to as Mandarin and it is the official language of The People‘s Republic of China (also known as Taiwan or Chinese Taipei). Chinese Taipei is one of the official languages of Singapore. The Chinese language is also spoken in lots of diaspora communities throughout Asia, like in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand.
All Chinese languages are tonal languages, the meaning of the word depends on the tone that you say it with. There are more than 1.3 billion native speakers, if we include all its varieties. Languages in Motion offers high quality translations and interpretation from Chinese to English and from English to Chinese, as well as many other Chinese language combinations.
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Brief History of the Chinese Language:
The Chinese languages developed from Proto-Sino-Tibetan, which existed around 4000 bce. The first written examples of Chinese are from around 1250 bce. The old Chinese had not developed tones, those developed later in the transition to Middle Chinese, which is the ancestor of almost all Modern Chinese varieties. Classical Chinese is used as the formal written language until the beginning of the 20th century. Written Vernacular Chinese refers to ways of writing Chinese that reflect the spoken language in its different varieties. These forms of Chinese were used for some informal writing.
At the beginning of the 20th century, a form of Written Vernacular Chinese based on a number of Mandarin dialects was introduced as the new official written language instead of Classical Chinese.
Spoken Chinese continued to evolve into Middle Chinese, the exception is Min Chinese, which developed earlier. The local varieties of Chinese continued to develop in their own directions as distinct languages over the centuries with a lot of local dialectal variation within each language.