Only 53% of mainlanders able to speak Putonghua

According to a new survey by the State Working Committee of Chinese , only 53 percent of Chinese are able to communicate in , or Putonghua. The survey results were reported by the South China Morning Post and by China Daily. According to the China Daily report, via Sohu: “Only 18 per cent of those surveyed speak putonghua while talking tofamily members, while 42 per cent speak it at school, work or play. Sixty-six per cent of the urban residents speak putonghua, a 21 per cent higher rate than rural residents.” The SCMP report is here (sub required).

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