how to pronounce chinese


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the above transcription of chinese is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

chinese is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of chinese in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

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meanings of chinese


  1. The people of China.
  2. Chinese food or cuisine. Please don't eat the Chinese: I'm saving it for later.
  3. A person from China or of Chinese descent.
  4. All people of Chinese descent or self-identity.
  5. A Chinese meal.


  1. The class of Sino-Tibetan dialects including Mandarin, Wu, Cantonese, Min Nan and others.
  2. Any of several Sinitic languages spoken in China, especially Literary Chinese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Wu, or Min Nan.
  3. The logographic writing system shared by this language family.
  4. Standard Mandarin or Putonghua, the standard variety of Chinese.


  1. Of China, its languages or people.
  2. Exotic; unfamiliar; unexpected; used in phrases such as Chinese whispers, Chinese handcuffs, and Chinese checkers.

chinese frequency in english - B1 level of CEFR

the word chinese occurs in english on average 60.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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