dialects

Documenting China’s Disappearing Dialects

Up to 40% of China’s minority languages may be at risk of extinction. Phonemica, a project aiming to document China’s threatened languages and dialects through stories told by native speakers, is currently raising...

YWeekend: For the Company, Shut Your Dialect Mouths!

The Foreign Expert has translated an article at YWeekend disparaging the use of local dialects in the workplace: Recently, a small, privately held enterprise in Wuhan issued a “prohibition against dialects” to its workers,...

Only Half Chinese speak Mandarin – BBC

From BBC News Only about half of China’s population can speak the national language, Mandarin, according to the state news agency Xinhua. More men speak Mandarin than women, and more urbanites speak the language than those in rural areas, Xinhua said. For many years now, the government has tried to increase the use of Mandarin, […]

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