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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Chinese Dialects

Most people know that Mandarin & Cantonese are two different dialects in China, but Shanghai also has its own dialect. Many of the street vendors & taxi drivers here speak mainly Shanghainese, which adds to the confusion when I'm trying to get tasty stuff on sticks or when I'd like to go home.

If you're curious to hear what these three dialects sound like next to each other, here is a very good 15-minute podcast from Chinese Pod that gives examples of "hello", "thank you", & "goodbye" in all three.

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