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Chinese Language Program

The Center for Chinese Studies encourages CUE students, faculty, staff as well as public learners to study the Chinese language, be involved in intercultural discussions, and develop cross cultural competencies.

Standard Chinese is a standardized form of spoken Chinese based on the Beijing dialect of Mandarin. It is the official language of China spoken by a quarter of the population in the world, as well as one of four official languages of Singapore. It is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. The written form of standard language (中文; Zhōngwén), is based on the pictography, or logograms known as Chinese characters (汉字; Hànzì).