In Chinese, what is the difference between the Mandarin and the Shanghainese? If given an English phrase like this: "Where are you going?" Can you write (in pin yin) the difference between the two, the Mandarin way and the Shanghainese way?
Oct 23, 2008 9:47 PM
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In fact, the topic of Chinese languages, is really such a complicated & exhaustive subject, even for our Chinese. Now I'd like to show you the main large dialects of China concisely, as follows, 1, Mandarin (based on Beijing dialect, but modified & standardized), and Tianjin dialect has a few different tones & slangs, but mutually intelligible with Beijing dialect. 2, Wunese (吳語), commonly spoken in 江蘇 & 浙江 provinces, the representative cities are 蘇州、上海、杭州..., some foreigners call it as Shanghainese (上海話), but it's not correct enough. 3, Cantonese (粵語), officially spoken in 香港 & 澳門 cities, & widely spoken in 廣東 province too. 4, Minnanese (閩南語), (pronunciation: Bân-lâm-gú), actually it can't be called as 台語, because it's just the dialect of Min Nan (閩南) zone, such as the cities 廈門、泉州、漳州、潮州..., so it's absolutely not Taiwan's own language. 5, Hakkanese (客家話), this dialect has been in danger of dying out, only spoken in some places of 廣東 province, also in Taiwan, & in overseas Chinatown. Most of Hakkanese speakers have turned to speak Cantonese fluently in daily life.
October 24, 2008
mandarin: ni qu na li? ni qu na er? ni dao na li qu? shanghainese: nong dao sha di fang qi? or nong qi sha di fang? but the accent of shanghainese is much different with the pinying above.
October 24, 2008
so i can't pronance shanghainese,but i can tell you that"pinyin"is just as same as Mandarin, just the way for speaking is difficult.
October 24, 2008
Mandarin is chinese offical language, every chinese only learn Mandarin but not learn Shanghainese or any other languages from our book when we are students. so Shanghainese is dialect, not every chinese can speak that.
October 24, 2008
Ha ha, just as Chinese and English are certainly different from ah
October 24, 2008
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