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Mandarin and Dialects of Chinese

After thousands of years of development,Chinese has developed into many different dialects in different regions.

Today’s Chinese language is usually divided into seven major dialect regions,Each major dialect region can be further divided into smaller dialect areas.Although there are differences between Chinese mandarin and dialects,they both originate from ancient Chinese,Overall, both Chinese mandarin and dialects play important roles in the Chinese language system.

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