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In Chinese linguistics, Mandarin is a group of related varieties or dialects spoken across most of northern and southwestern China. Since the early 20th century, a form of standardized Mandarin (described above) has been the official and de facto national standard language in China and it is today one of the most frequently used varieties of Chinese among Chinese diaspora communities internationally.
Mandarin, China’s official tongue, is also the top language worldwide for business other than English, according to Bloomberg Rankings.
Mandarin, spoken by 845 million people, scored highest in a ranking of languages, excluding English, based on business usefulness. The ranking scored languages according to the number of speakers, number of countries where the language is official, along with those nations’ populations, financial power, educational and literacy rates, and related measures.
Originally posted by r2d246
Because when we're sent back to the stone age, then all you'll be able to do to signal the near by villiages is do smoke signals.