UN celebrates Chinese Language Day

The United Nations is celebrating Chinese Language Day as part of the Organization's continuing efforts to highlight the historical and cultural significance of each of its six official languages.

Chinese Language Day

Chinese is one of the oldest languages in the world and is now spoken by more than a billion people. The language has several thousand dialects, but Mandarin is the most popular.

April 20th was chosen to pay tribute to Cang Jie, a mythical figure who is presumed to have invented Chinese characters about 5,000 years ago.

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