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Spread of the Chinese language

This smaller map removes the countries where Chinese is dominant. This map therefore only shows 1.4% of all speakers of Chinese. The territories omitted are Hong Kong, Singapore, China and Taiwan.

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Chinese is a collection of languages that are mutually unintelligible, but use a common written form. By far the largest of these is Mandarin. Also shown in subsequent maps are Yue Chinese (Cantonese), Min Chinese, and Hakka Chinese. These varieties tend to be spoken in regions of the south and south-east of China. Chinese has spread far and wide; the largest numbers of speakers outside of China are in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

Chinese belongs to the Sino-Tibetan family of languages.

Territory size shows the proportion of all people who speak Chinese as a first language that live in that territory.


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