Definition of putonghua in English:

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putonghua

Pronunciation: /ˌpo͞oˌtôNGˈhwä/

noun

The standard spoken form of modern Chinese, based on the dialect of Beijing.
Example sentences
  • Suyong used a mixture of Anhui dialect and putonghua to speak to the reporter, so her meaning is barely understood.
  • They refuse to speak putonghua and they refuse to travel to China.
  • The official language of China is putonghua or Mandarin, spoken by over 70 percent of the Han Chinese.

Origin

Chinese, literally 'common spoken language'.

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Syllabification: pu·tong·hua

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