Professor Emeritus

University of Northern Iowa

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By: Jim Becker

Professor Emeritus

University of Northern Iowa
Background: In China there are many different dialects. Dialects usually refer to
"regional forms of a language." However, many of the regional variants which
are commonly referred to as "dialects" of the Chinese language are more
different from one another than French is from Spanish or Norwegian is from Swedish!
Below are some figures for different "dialect groups" in China:

Dialect GroupNumber of Speakers
Northern(Includes Mandarin)387,000,000
Northern Min7,000,000
Southern Min15,000,000
One thing that makes the Chinese dialect situation unique -- that is different from the
situation confronting speakers of French and Spanish or Norwegian and Swedish --
concerns the fact that all speakers who are literate share a common written language.
Thus, while oral forms vary greatly, written symbols can be used to communicate
effectively between speakers of different dialects.


Chinese Yahoo

Qing Qing Zhao's Homepage

Land of Links for Chinese

Condensed China

Very Rich Chinese Site from E. L. Easton

Chinese Language News and Newspaper

The Complete Reference to China/Chinese-Related Web Sites

Asia News from China

Jim's Super Travel Information Here

All the news from China from Yahoo

Super Chinese Site from the University of Hawaii

Latest News on SARS in China

Washington Post on China

Clearwisdom.net on China news

Brooklyn College on Chinese Culture/Rich Site!

Chinese Culture History

Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco

History of China: ABOUT.COM

Hakka History

Great New Site on the History of China

Chinese Multi-media Tutor

Chinese History Site/Lots of Links

Chinese Pictograms


China Art and Culture

GOOGLE finds Chinese culture and history

Chinese Dialect Exercise
Objectives: to expose students to the obstacles to communication created by the presence of
dialects to make students aware of the usefulness of a common writing system available to
speakers of all dialect forms to prepare students for an investigation into the reasons
for and approaches to "language reform"

Origin of the Chinese Script

All the news from Taiwan

Taiwan Headlines

Chinese - all activities by title

Chinese Resources from Dartmouth College

Chinese For Kids

Teaching and Learning Chinese: from Kenyon College

Chinese Teaching Materials

Chinese Web Sites

Chinese Links from SMU University
Chinese Links from the University of Minnesota
History of China / Maps of China
JSEDU.Net/Jingshang Chinese Language site
Great Chinese Site from Cal State

Languages on the Web / Chinese
China Radio International( (CRI) was founded on December 3rd, 1941. CRI aims at promoting understanding
and friendship between the people of China and people throughout the world. CRI broadcasts 211 hours of programs
each day to all over the world in 43 languages and Chinese dialects. CRI's programs include news,
current affairs, and features on politics, economy, culture, science and technology.

Chinese Radio International


China Related Web Sites... lots of them

Web Sites for Learning Chinese
I Love Languages / Chinese

Many traditional Chinese songs here

China On-Line

Chinese Cultural Studies Websites

People's Daily Website

Business Chinese

Play the Chinese National Anthem here...


Minnesota - China Teacher Exchange

-->Chinese Language - Google Search Site
Chinese Language Home Page

Chinese Links from the University of Essex (England)

Great Chinese Language Links from Scotland

Help from Yahoo on the Chinese Language
Yahoo's Links with China
Chinese Language Alternative Site
Resource Center for China
New Site from Des Moines IOWA
Lots of help with Mandarin Chinese
Cantonese Language Association at BYU
Chinese Language Translation Service
Resources for the Teaching and Learning of Chinese - Darmouth
Chinese Language Relation Information Page
Harvard Resource List for Chinese
Net Information about China from Harvard University
China the Beautiful
Classical Chinese Art, Calligraphy, Poetry, History, Literature, Painting and Philosophy

Chinese Characters

A is for Love: Flash Cards for Learning Chinese
Chinese New Year's Cards Chinese Script

Learning Chinese
Let's Learn Some Chinese
Chinese Learner's Alternative Page
Chinese Characters
Chinese Tones
Chinese Greetings and Partings

Learning Chinese Online
Mandarin for Travelers
Some Chinese Pictographs - Chinese Dialect Exercise
Voyager Audio Greeting in Mandarin

Chinese Culture
Chinese Culture
Chinese Names
China Map and General Information
Tour of China
Chinese Inventions
Appreciation of the Art of Chinese Calligraphy
Chinese Poems with English Translation
Chinese Zodiac


Who Can You Talk To?

There are 885,000,000 people who speak Chinese all over the world, with the most speakers in China, Taiwan,
Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Russia, the United States of America, Mongolia, Viet Nam, Brunei, South Africa, Thailand, Laos,
Cambodia and Hong Kong. Now you can say hello to 885,000,000 people!

As you discover good China and Chinese sites, send the URL to the e-mail address
below so that they can be added to these pages

Please send your new finds and addresses to:::
To: Jim Becker