A group of related languages used by the people of china that are often mutually unintelligible in their spoken form but share a single system of writing and that constitute a branch of the sino. S free service instantly translates words, phrases, and web pages between english and over. S tens of thousands of chinese people arrived to provide a source of cheap labour as workers in the goldfields. Tibetan language family, consisting of numerous languages and dialects such as mandarin, cantonese, taiwanese, and fujian. Noting or pertaining to the partly logographic, partly phonetic script used for the writing of chinese, japanese, and other languages, consisting of thousands of brushstroke characters written in vertical columns from right to left.