普通話

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: S
つう
Grade: 2

Grade: 2
on'yomi

Etymology[edit]

From Mandarin 普通話 / 普通話 (Pǔtōnghuà, common speech).

Proper noun[edit]

普通話 (hiragana ふつうわ, romaji Futsūwa)

  1. The Mandarin Chinese language.

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Usage notes[edit]

  • This official term is a borrowing from Mandarin, but is not often used in speech as it sounds like 普通は (futsū wa, normally, usually). Consequently, 北京語 (Pekingo) is more commonly used instead, which also has the meaning of "Beijing language/dialect".

Mandarin[edit]

simpl. 普通话
trad. 普通

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin Pǔtōnghuà
Zhuyin ㄆㄨˇ ㄊㄨㄥ ㄏㄨㄚˋ
IPA (key) /pʰu²¹⁴⁻²¹¹ tʰʊŋ⁵⁵ xu̯a̠⁵¹/

Proper noun[edit]

普通話 (traditional, Pinyin Pǔtōnghuà, simplified 普通话)

  1. Standard Mandarin Chinese
  2. (chiefly China and Hong Kong) Mandarin Chinese
    普通話
    huì shuō Pǔtōnghuà ma?
    Do you speak Mandarin?

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