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Shanghainese in Danger

How do you unite a country as diverse as China? A common spoken language certainly helps, but the government has often promoted Mandarin at the expense of, instead of in addition to, local dialects. As a result, the survival of other Chinese languages is threatened. For example, even Shanghainese, t...
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Language barriers and mistranslations are fertile ground for comedy. Chinese translations of English seem to be particularly vulnerable to gaffes, possibly due to a shortage of fluent English speakers and a corresponding over-reliance on translation software. As an aside, it should be noted that Eng...
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