Chinese (simplified Chinese: 汉语; traditional Chinese: 漢語) is spoken by about 1.3 billion people mainly in the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Singapore and other parts of Southeast Asia. There are many varieties of Chinese, typically described as “dialects”, though the varieties are often not mutually intelligible. The different varieties of Chinese are all written using Chinese characters.
Chinese writing uses a logographic system consisting of thousands of characters, where each one represents a small number of meanings and a monosyllabic sound. The characters evolved from earlier systems which originally used small abstracted images to represent meaning, and then became less detailed over time. They became mostly standardized between the 3rd and 7th centuries CE, and continued largely unchanged for many centuries. Characters with this form are now called Traditional Chinese, whereas a reformed system developed in the mid-20th century in China is known as Simplified Chinese.
Simplified Chinese was developed in an effort to improve literacy in the People’s Republic of China, by reducing the number of strokes per character and eliminating variants deemed superfluous. Currently, Simplified Chinese is the official system in the People’s Republic of China and Singapore, and is in common use among some ethnic Chinese communities. Although simplified characters are taught and endorsed by the government of China, there is no prohibition against the use of traditional characters. They are still frequently used in calligraphy as well as for inscriptions and religious text.
Chinese Fonts (Simplified Characters)
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