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Putonghua
普通話

Official status

Regionally-recognized
(Not kingdom-wide official)

Official in

Wiki Nicholasland
(only in 1 autonomous country)

Speakers
(2010 est.)

  • Native: 179 100 (2.5%)
  • L1 + L2: 1 276 000 (17.7%)

Rank in ILN

5

Language family

Sino-Tibetan (Beijing)

Writing system

Simplified Chinese
(officially Traditional Chinese)

Regulated by

Renmin Wenzi Yuyan Gongzuo Committee

Putonghua (普通話 / 普通话), also known as Mandarin, is the official language of the People's Republic of China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau), Republic of China (Taiwan), and Singapore. The Imaginary Lands of Nicholas follows the designation by the PRC in referring to the language as Putonghua, while it is known as "Guoyu" (國語) in ROC, and "Huayu" (華語) in Singapore. Putonghua is a variant of the Chinese language, though the most frequently spoken Chinese language variant in the Imaginary Lands of Nicholas is Cantonese.

In the Imaginary Lands of Nicholas, an estimated 2 - 3% of the population speaks the language natively, with up to 15 - 20% has some knowledge in the language. It comes behind Cantonese, English, French, and Japanese as the fifth most-spoken language in the kingdom, and there has been a rapid increase of speakers due to recent immigration from Mainland China, as well as foreign speakers learning the language due to an increase of business trading with China. Research from the Renmin University of Xiehe (Traditional Chinese: 協和人民大學; Simplified Chinese: 协和人民大学), as from the current trend, Putonghua may take over Japanese as the fourth most-spoken language in as early as 2018, while possibly overtaking French to become the third most spoken language in the next century if current trends persists.

The standard writing script for the language is Simplified Chinese, which differs from Traditional Chinese, one of the two official writing scripts of the kingdom.

StatusEdit

Putonghua is not an official language of the Imaginary Lands of Nicholas, though it is an official regional language in Xiehe Autonomous Region, the autonomous country with the highest concentration of Putonghua speaker. The communist-oriented autonomous country has separated from Concord County effective 1 October 2012, and prior to that, Putonghua was a co-official language with French in Concord County. Putonghua has since been abolished in Concord County after the separation.

Roughly 65% of the Xiehe population natively speaks the language natively, with a diaspora of speakers kingdom-wide, most of which in Concord County, at 6% of the local population, followed by Gravenhurst Region at 5%.

The use of Putonghua and the promotion of the language is regulated by the language department of Xiehe Autonomous Region, being the only subdivision in the kingdom where Putonghua is the official language. The agency under the government is named the Renmin Wenzi Yuyan Gongzuo Committee (Traditional Chinese: 人民文字語言工作委員會; Simplified Chinese: 人民文字语言工作委员会), and is advised by a similar organization in Mainland China.

Places with a significant Putonghua speakersEdit

Languages in the Imaginary Lands of Nicholas

Official writing systems: Traditional ChineseEnglish

Official Languages
(mandated in all autonomous countries)

Cantonese standardcreole (63%) • English (22%)

Regional Languages
(mandated in some autonomous countries)

French (8%) • Japanese (3%) • Putonghua (3%) • Arabic (< 1%) • Esperanto (< 1%) • Russian (< 1%) • Uyghur (< 1%)

Unrecognized Languages
(not official, but with significant number of speakers)

Korean (< 1%) • Portuguese (< 1%) • Spanish (< 1%) • Vietnamese (< 1%) • Dutch (< 1%)

Percentages in brackets denote the total number of mother tongues (2010 est.) of the specified language.

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