Why do we Call Chinese ‘Mandarin’?

Mandarin Chinese is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. But the term “Mandarin” only exists in English. It has no relation to the way Chinese speakers refer to their language.

The word “Mandarin” has a complex origin. It can be traced to the Portuguese who first ventured out of Western Europe to explore China. But then we discover that it’s not a Portuguese word, but that the Portuguese took the term from Malaysia, another place where they were active. But it doesn’t end there…

Through this video explore the complex origin of the word used to describe one of the oldest, most widely spoken languages, and one of my personal favorites.

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