The Mandarin language is the largest group of the Chinese language dialects. People often refer to this standard language as Mandarin because is based on the Mandarin dialect of Beijing, but to be precise, the word ‘Mandarin’ refers to a wide range of Northern dialects. Standard Chinese or Mandarin now fulfills the role that Classical Chinese used to fulfill as the official written language that is used by speakers of all varieties of Chinese, for most purposes.
Written Vernacular Languages still do exist and are used for more informal situations. There are seven main dialect groups: Mandarin, Yue (Cantonese), Xiang, Min, Gan, Wu and Hakka. Languages in Motion offers high-quality translations and interpretation from Mandarin to English and from English to Mandarin, as well as many other Mandarin language combinations.
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Brief History of the Mandarin Language:
With Mandarin, Modern Chinese begins to arise. After the Northern Sung dynasty, and during the Jin and Yuan dynasties, a language recognizable as a form of Mandarin. This variety of Chinese is known as Old Mandarin. The wars leading up to the Mongol conquest caused large scale migration of Old Mandarin speakers to the South. This Spread early Mandarin dialects to more areas, and also had an influence on other emerging Chinese Languages.
During the Ming and Quing dynaties an official administrative language was created on the Mandarin dialect of the capital Nanjing, with some features of other dialects as well. This was the first point at which the language became referred as ‘Mandarin’. We now refer to the stage of the language as Middle Mandarin.
In the 19th century the specific dialect of Beijing started to grow in importance and became the new high variety of Chinese, replacing the older high variety which was based on a number of different dialects.
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.