Mandarin is the official language of China. It is also one of the four official languages of Singapore and is one of the six official languages of UN as well. It is also widely spoken in Taiwan and Malaysia as well as the various China towns across the world. According to an estimate, more than 1 billion people speak Mandarin all over the world.
The a,b,c of it-What makes Mandarin an interesting language is that it has no alphabet. It is written with symbols known as Chinese symbols. There are two major forms of these characters- traditional and simple. Traditional characters are used in Taiwan, Macau etc. while simple characters are used prominently in China. These characters can be written in any direction- left to right, right to left or top to bottom. This makes the script extremely versatile.