– Chinese language. Mandarin

Cultural diversity & common language

Brian Hennessy. An Australian in China.  It would be fair to say that most Australians assume that Cantonese is the language spoken in mainland China.This is not surprising because their exposure to things Chinese has been limited to, for example, Chinese restaurants which in the main employ Cantonese speaking staff and serve Cantonese style cuisine. […]

In Cairns: Mandarin or Cantonese?

Brian Hennessy. An Australian in China.  Any effort we make to understand and appreciate mainland Chinese language and culture will be rewarded by word of mouth recommendations to visit Cairns. China has the largest internet grapevine in the world: satisfied customers will provide more free advertising than we could ever dream of or afford. Most visitors […]

A brief introduction to Mandarin: Cairns

Yirong Li (Teacher Li). Assistant Professor, Chinese language & Culture. In Cairns.   Mandarin is the official language of mainland China. Note: Mandarin is a Western term for Chinese language. The local term is Putonghua which literally means ‘standard language’. The majority of mainland Chinese people speak Mandarin or one of its sub-dialects. A minority speak Cantonese (mainly […]

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