Beginners' Chinese
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4 Names of languages

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If the relevant country name does not end in the character guó, simply add wén in order to form the name of the languages:

  • 西班牙 Xībānyá (Spain) + wén (language) → 西班牙文 xībānyá wén (Spanish).

For country names that end in guó, replace guó with wén to form the language name:

  • 中国 Zhōngguó (China) → 中文 Zhōng wén (Chinese language).

The only exception is 日本 Rìběn (Japan), which becomes 日文 Rìwén (Japanese).

Activity 11 Names of languages

In the quiz linked below, identify the country and select the language spoken there.

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Here are the correct answers:

Names of languages

1 意大利文 yìdàlìwén Italian
2 德文 déwén German
3 法文 fǎwén French
4 英文 yīngwén English

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