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Chinese Influence on Asian Languages

Large and centrally located, China has to ability to radiate its influence outwards to other Asian nations. Sometimes the influence is cultural, sometimes martial or political. Whatever other types of influence it exerts from time to time, China has always spread its linguistic developments outside its borders.

Choose one of the links below to start learning about Chinese influence on other Asian languages:

Japanese: On'yomi

It is well known that Japanese uses Chinese characters for its written language. It is less well known that some of those characters are pronounced based on the spoken language of ancient China. Keep reading to find out more.


Sharing a small stretch of border with Southwest China, Vietnam has had many opportunities for linguistic and cultural exchange with China. Find out more about how Chinese language has traveled South.