9: China’s of­fi­cial lan­guages are Pu­tonghua (stan­dard Chi­nese) and Can­tonese.

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - CITY PANORAMA -

The state­ment is false. Pu­tonghua is the only of­fi­cial lan­guage in China. Can­tonese, although widely used in south­ern ar­eas in­clud­ing Guang­dong, is con­sid­ered a local di­alect rather than a rec­og­nized of­fi­cial lan­guage.

This was per­haps the most con­fus­ing part of the quiz, as only two of the eight par­tic­i­pants guessed the right an­swer.

Massi thought that all of the lan­guages shown on the yuan ban­knotes, in­clud­ing Pu­tonghua and lan­guages of the four eth­nic mi­nor­ity groups, were of­fi­cial lan­guages of China.

Al­ter­na­tively, Valen­tine from Be­larus was un­der the im­pres­sion that China has three of­fi­cial lan­guages: tra­di­tional Chi­nese, mod­ern (sim­pli­fied) Chi­nese and Can­tonese.

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