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- the Chinese language (usually spoken Chinese)
- 說蹩腳漢語 / 说蹩脚汉语 ― shuō biéjiǎo hànyǔ ― to speak terrible Chinese
- 你會說漢語嗎？ / 你会说汉语吗？ ― Nǐ huì shuō hànyǔ ma? ― Can you speak Chinese?
漢語／汉语 (Hànyǔ) usually refers to spoken Chinese, however since 古代漢語／古代汉语 (gǔdài hànyǔ, “Old Chinese”) is only accessible to modern people in the written form, it can also refer to written Chinese depending on context. 漢語／汉语 (Hànyǔ) can also imply 普通話／普通话 (pǔtōnghuà, “Standard Mandarin Chinese”), especially in the term 現代漢語／现代汉语 (xiàndài hànyǔ, “Modern Chinese”). Ethnic minorities in China often refer to Standard Mandarin as 漢語／汉语 (Hànyǔ) in order to contrast it with their respective ethnic languages.
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- kango: a Japanese word of Chinese origin, or a Japanese word coined along Chinese lines (a Sino-Japanese word), such as 社会 (shakai, “society”) or 共和国 (kyōwakoku, “republic”)
- (less commonly) the Chinese language
- Synonym: 中国語 (Chūgokugo)
- the ancient Chinese language, the language of the Han (漢) ethnicity
- 音読み (on'yomi)
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