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There are seven major groups of dialects of the Chinese language, which each have their own variations, according to Mount Holyoke College. Mandarin dialects are spoken by 71.5 percent of the population, followed by Wu (8.5 percent), Yue (also called Cantonese; 5 percent), Xiang (4.8 percent), Min (4.1 percent), Hakka (3.7 percent) and Gan (2.4 percent).

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Potato and Beef Soup

Ingredients: 300 grams (2/3 lb) potatoes 150 grams (1/3 lb) fore shank of beef 5 grams (1/6 oz) sectioned scallions 5 grams (1/6 oz) sliced ginger 15 grams (3 tsp) cooking wine 5 grams (5/6 tsp) salt 2 grams (1/2 tsp) MSG 1 gram (1/2 tsp) pepper powder

Asparagus and Abalone Soup

Ingredients: 250 grams (5/9 lb) fresh abalone 100 grams (2/9 lb) asparagus 50 grams (1/9 lb) ham 150 grams (1/3 lb) chicken breast slices 20 grams (4 tsp) cooking wine 5 grams (5/6 tsp) salt 2 grams (1/2 tsp) MSG 5 grams (1/6 oz) sectioned scallions 5 grams (1/6 oz) sliced ginger