FAQ

  1. Does Chinese 24/7 use simplified or traditional characters?
  2. Where in China is the most “standard” Mandarin spoken?
  3. Where are the voice actors from?



Does Chinese 24/7 use simplified or traditional characters?

Simplified, because those are the characters used in Mainland China. The traditional characters are used in Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.

Where in China is the most “standard” Mandarin spoken?

This question is a little bit complicated. While Mandarin (Pǔ tōng huà 普通话) is spoken all over Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, the pronunciation/accent of speakers in every region can vary (as outlined in Chapter 57: “Standard Mandarin versus Other dialects and Accents”). The “standard” Mandarin accent is based on Northern Mainland Chinese accents (for example, Beijing, Harbin, etc.) but is supposed to transcend any one area or “dialect.”

If you learn the standard Mandarin pronunciation modeled in Chinese 24/7, not only will you be able to communicate with Chinese speakers all over the country, you will also most likely receive compliments on your standard accent. (The Chinese are very forgiving.)

Where are the voice actors from?

They’re both from Mainland China. Both were selected for their excellent “standard” Mandarin (they’ve been mistaken for Beijingers before). They’re both native speakers of Mandarin not Cantonese.