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Chinese - RITpedia

RIT offers several courses in Chinese Language and Culture.

Brief language history

In China, 80% of people use the traditional Chinese Language, while others use a variety of dialects. These difference in dialects make it hard for the people of China to communicate at times. Fortunately, there is a unified system of writing to make communication easier.

Despite these efforts to make communication simpler, there were still problems. So in 1958, the Chinese government standardized Chinese by creating a common spoken language, known as Mandarin Chinese. It is based on the dialect of Beijing and it's adjacent areas. It is the official language used in public settings.


At RIT, students will learn Mandarin Chinese with the option of learning Simplified or Traditional written Chinese.

Depending on the type of Minor or Concentration desired, students may also take Chinese Culture Classes.