Chinese is actually a language family and not a single language. The Chinese language family, made of up mutually unintelligible languages, comprises 1.2 billion speakers or 16% of the world's population.
Manadarin Chinese however is what most people think of when they think of Chinese. This is the most widely spoken language in the Chinese language family, claiming 960 million speakers. This makes Mandarin Chinese the most spoken native language on the planet.
Mandarin is one of the six official languages of the United Nations, one of the four official languages of Singapore, and the sole official language of Taiwan and the People's Republic of China.
Mandarin Chinese uses a simplified script, derived from the traditional pictographic and ideographic script, since the cultural revolution. This new simplified writing system was designed to increase literacy among the Chinese public and to create a uniform writing system to bridge the varying dialects of Chinese.
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