The Mandarin Chinese word for “Chinese” is 中文 zhōng wén.
中zhōng means”centre”, and 文wén means “language”, hence “centre language” (the language spoken at the centre country) is the Chinese language (from the Chinese perspective).
Here are some examples of how to use this word:
- 我在学中文. Wǒ zàixué zhōngwén. – I am learning Chinese.
- 你再学什么？Nǐ zài xué shénme? – What are you learning?
- 你要学英文吗？Nǐ yào xué yīngwén ma? – Do you want to learn English?