Today, the most standard form of Chinese that is spoken is known as Standard Mandarin, which is based on a dialect spoken in Beijing. It is also the people of China’s official language, the people of Taiwan’s, and one of 4 official languages spoken by those people from Singapore.
Also, you will find that this language has now become one of the 6 official languages used by the UN.
Another standard language that is spoken in China and especially by Hong Kong and Macau, is Standard Cantonese.
It towards the end of of the 19th Century that Mandarin evolved into the more commonly spoken language of China, although a mix of variations were spoken around China.
But as the education system in China evolved it was established on standard Mandarin therefore the young Chinese generations of today were mostly educated with mandarin which is why nowadays almost every native Chinese person talks Mandarin.
Today in the global economy where Chinese are doing business everywhere and the country’s economy is predicted to become one of the most powerful in the world the opportunities for foreign people who can speak Mandarin is vast. It is no wonder that a growing number of people what to learn to speak Mandarin and a growing number of schools around the world have introduced Mandarin into the curriculum.
Only a decade ago statistics showed that only around 2000 people taking the official Chinese language proficiency test, which grew to a staggering 117,660 in comparison in 2005 and the Ministry of Education in China suggest that nowadays there are more than 30 million people in different countries around the world learning Mandarin.
This is easy to believe because as you probably know learning to speak Mandarin is much more accessible because of the world wide web and the different online interactive courses that are available. Check out my personal Rocket Chinese Review, which is one of the more popular and efficient methods for learning Mandarin online using interactive tutorials LearnChineseSoftware.org