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英语 and 英文

What is the difference between 语 and 文 ending for language names? I've seen both used.

May 25, 2018



Hello the first one "yu" is more litteral. A language you learn at school, at university, with writings, etc. and the second "wen" more common language, the language you speak daily.

The explanation of ZhandaChen is better than mine. Sorry.


Thank you just the same. I see on your profile that you live in France. Are you French or are you there to improve your French? France is my dream country!


Both of them mean English.

英语(yingyu) is referred to as the spoken language.

-我会说英语。I can speak English.

英文(yingwen) is referred to as the written language.

-我可以用英文写作。I can write in English.


Thank you very much, that is very helpful. In the "Restaurant" skill, I did see 英文 used a couple times in the question "can you speak English?" Maybe it is referring to the menu or something like that.


Thank you for this precision (I thought it was the contrary ;-) ;-) Sorry about that.

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