The earliest known examples of the Chinese language were found to be inscriptions carved on bone and shell. These inscriptions became the basis of the Chinese language. The beginning of the Northern Chinese developed in 1,300 AD. This became the offical language because it was spoken in Beijing, which is the capital. Once Northern Chinese had developed, the government said it had to be taught in all schools by using phonetic signs and books.
Pinyin was introduced in the 1950's. It is a Roman alphabet consisting of 26 letters. Using all languages of China, no matter where they are located, writers developed literature. With all the languages growing, there had been a growth of communication with a popular future.

Watch the video below to see the beginning/starting character for a picture, and see how the character changed over time.

The 3 Japanese scripts; Kanji, Hiragana, and Katakana all derived from a grass script calligraphy that was originaly Chinese characters.

Language Placement with Dialects and Forms

Chinese speak Mandarin. English people call it Mandarin, put in China it is called Putonghua. Putonghua means common or standard langugae. 600,000,000 people speak it. Or they speak the other Chinese languages; Northern Min, Southern Min, Min, Wu, Yue or Cantonese. But the native language, Han, is related within the others.
Almost all of China and Twain and three-fourthes of Singapore, speak Chinese. For the most part, every place has about the same writing system, but spoken language would be very different. In the Chinese language, there are seven major dialects that have different variations. The pronunciation depends on the dialect. Another way the dialects of the Chinese language differ, is the tone and pitch. There are four basic tones; high level, rising, low dipping, and falling.

The Japanese language is really only spoken in Japan. It does not have as big a population as the Chinese language. But the Japanese have dialects too. Some local dialects differ greatly. But the Tokyo dialect is the standard form, and most used. This came about because it is the capitol. It has been this way since 1868. The dialect's words are sometimes even based on English words. In the even metronomelike rhythm of the Japanese language, the language contains a pitch level too, instead of using stress and emphasis. Another way to classify Japanese dialects is the majority type; western type, or single pattern type.  All these characteristics describe the beginning of the Japanese lanuage.
Dialects differ in pitch, verb, adjectivtives, usage, vocabulary, pronunciation, and sometimes vowels
Click here to learn more on how some of the writing systems started.