Different Names, Same Peace
Chinese 漢語 can include many things
Mandarin is called
Putonghua or Pŭtōnghuà 普通话
literally "common speech"
or Standard Mandarin in China
is Guoyu 國語
literally "national language" in Taiwan
Peace the same in both
”Heping" 和平 pronounced həpʰiŋ
in the pronunciation of the Beijing dialect
from a hundred years ago
now the lingua franca of China and Taiwan
Among the 56 ethnic groups
including the 90 percent
the Hàn yǔ or Han ethnic group
when it comes to Chinese language
by Kimberly Burnham
A P as in Peace Series Dictionary Poetry
Chinese: Putonghua (hua), Pŭtōnghuà 普通话 (literally "common speech"), Modern Standard Chinese, Standard Mandarin, Mandarin (China), Guoyu (Taiwan)―”Heping" 和平 [həpʰiŋ]” (peace)―China (a semi-artificial language based on the vocabulary of Mandarin topolects, the pronunciation of Beijing dialect and the grammar of modern vernacular writings. It's the official language and lingua franca of China). Hàn yǔ – hàn refers to hànzú, or the Han ethnic group. Of the 56 ethnic groups in China, the Han people account for over 90% of the population. hàn yǔ, as the name suggests, refers to the language of the Han ethnic group, or Mandarin. Mandarin Chinese is considered “standard” Chinese as opposed to other Chinese dialects.
Chinese: Guoyu, 國語 (literally "national language" in Taiwan), Putonghua (hua), Pŭtōnghuà 普通话 (literally "common speech"), Modern Standard Chinese, Standard Mandarin―”Heping" 和平 [həpʰiŋ]” (peace)―Taiwan (a semi-artificial language based on the vocabulary of Mandarin topolects, the pronunciation of Beijing dialect and the grammar of modern vernacular writings. It's the official language and lingua franca of China).
Chinese: Chinese, 漢語 , Sinitic languages―”Heping" 和平 [həpʰiŋ]” (peace)―China (Chinese is a very vague term: in its narrowest sense, it refers to the standardized version of the Beijing dialect of Mandarin, known in Mainland China as Putonghua (普通话, lit. common speech) and in Taiwan as Guoyu (國語, lit. national language) (These two are mostly the same, with few differences). Whereas in the broadest sense, it encompasses all the varieties known as Sinitic languages (all extant descendants of Old Chinese, including Cantonese, Hokkien, Hakka, etc.)
Chinese: Mandarin, 官話, a Sinitic language―”Heping" 和平 [həpʰiŋ]” (peace)―China. (If we cluster different dialects of Chinese into clusters by their mutual intelligibility (if two are mutual intelligible, then put them into the same cluster), Mandarin (官話) would be the largest of such clusters). Pǔ tōng hua (the literal meaning of pǔ tōng huà is “common language”. pǔ tōng huà is the official language of Mainland China. Pǔ tōng huà is the more standard, better-pronounced Mandarin. Mandarin is a family of Chinese dialects. These dialects are mutually intelligible for the most part. There are at least 6 subgroups of Mandarin: Northern Mandarin (Beijing dialect, Tianjin dialect), Central Mandarin, Jiao-Liao Mandarin, Northwestern Mandarin, Southwestern Mandarin and Jiang-Huai Mandarin.
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This is part of a current news project which I hope will contribute to peace in the world. This poem includes the word for peace in:
Korean or Choso'nmal or Choson'o—"Hwapyong" or "Hwapyeong" (peace, cognate of Chinese He’ping 和平) or 평화or P‘yŏnghwa or Pyeonghwa or Phyongh’wa or Pyonghwa or 화목 or Hwamok (harmony, lack of conflict in personal relations)—North Korean, South Korea and some parts of China, Japan, Singapore and Thailand.
Chinese - Mandarin Chinese, Putonghua "common tongue"—"Hépíng" / 和平, "An-ping", "Hapin", "Hop'ing", "Píng'ān" or "Ping'an" (safety, quietude, peaceful, in safety, in one piece) / 平安 is composed of these characters: 平 (ping) and 安 (an)—China.
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