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What language is primarily spoken in Shanghai Mandarin or Shanghainese? – Quora

How do teenagers in Shanghai regard the Shanghainese language?

People who immigrate to Shanghai (sometimes referred to new Shanghainese) usually dont speak Shanghainese even if they have lived in Shanghai for decades. There are several reasons. 1. Shanghainese is relatively hard to learn (compared to other dialect). 2. speaking Mandarin is usually good enough to live in Shanghai (except for stupid discrimination against immigrants based on their accent from some local people). 3. Shanghainese was not taught in school, so the young immigrants are not exposed to Shanghainese because both their parents and friends speak Mandarin to them.

How are you? Non-hôva?/ Im good, thank you. Ngû mhehô, jâja.

What language is primarily spoken in Shanghai: Mandarin or Shanghainese?

What percentage of Shanghainese people dont speak Mandarin?

What is the status of the Shanghainese language in Shanghai universities?

As for the language, this depends on where you will be in Shanghai as well as your purpose for being there. The Pudong area (business center) speaks Mandarin as well as significant levels of English and French (due to Frances longstanding relationship with Shanghai; see French Concession Area).

The Shanghainese is therefore a well-identified language, and has only two tones high and low, unlike Mandarin four tones, and Cantonese nine tones

Where is the toilet? : tsŷsuke leqla ralitaq?

Mandarinof course,there is no doubt about it.

My hometown is extremely close to Shanghai, the situation is also the same.

Is Cantonese only a spoken language? Is Mandarin a spoken language? Do I write in Mandarin or Cantonese?

What does the Shanghai dialect sound like? And, specifically, how is it different from Mandarin?

Culture of China: What do the native Shanghainese think of people who speak Mandarin but not Shanghainese?

What is the main Mandarin Chinese language?

Is Mandarin the most spoken language in the world?

When do Shanghainese people speak Shanghainese or the Wu dialect?

What is the status of the Shanghainese language in Shanghai universities?

its my first answer in quora,so please forgive me for my grammatical mistakes.

Well Shanghai is a hub city for all businesses and here you would find people from all over China trying to make their living. So most of them being immigrants from other cities mostly you will hear Mandrij being spoken, but local shanghinese would prefer to talk in shanghainese only with other Shanghai people and mandarin with non-shanghainese. During my stay I did came across some local people who would not speak mandarin but shanghainese only as they were too proud and would consider speaking mandarin as language of workers. But generally they are friendly people its only with some people who might have warned way too much and think others as low class.

I was born in the 80s in Shanghai with both my parents from Shanghai. I always speak Shanghainese with my family, friends, classmates, teachers, etc even though I am equally fluent in Mandarin. However, I remember when I was around 10, all the schools started promoting Mandarin and in some schools it was strictly enforced. Students got punished if they were caught speaking Shanghainese in class. Luckily, my school was never that strict on this policy. So I grew up with fluent Shanghainese. But many younger Shanghainese I meet nowadays dont speak fluent Shanghainese if they speak at all due to that policy. Only until very recently the government realizes the language is disappearing among the young generations, ironically, I heard that they start promoting Shanghainese in schools.

So heres the conclusion, yes shanghainese is everywhere and since that if you can acquire such a skill , it will definitely do you great help.

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Shanghai is a wonderful city! I had the great fortune of living there for six months during 2011 and studying at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. The people are wonderful and the culture is amazing. It is no surprise that it has been rated the 1 city for expats for several years running!

1 iq / 2 liân / 3 se / 4 sŷ / 5 nĝ / 6 loq / 7 chiq / 8 paq / 9 cio / 10 zeq / 20 gni / 30 sezeq / 40 sŷzeq / 100 iqpaq.

Ps. Most of the elderly in Shanghai cant speak Mandarin (or cant speak very well) , but they can understand.

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Any non-Shanghainese living in Shanghai, Laowai or Chinese, quickly realizes that mastering Mandarin is not enough to understand everything that is said in local conversations, whether in the street or office a lot of local exchanges often happening in Shanghainese.

How frequent is Shanghainese used in business in Shanghai?

English is also everywhere.Like in subway, shopping center etc.)

Mandarin is the primary language spoke in Shanghai. For the past decade, Shanghainese has moved out of the City to suburbs or cheaper places. Since there is a negligible majority of Shanghainese living within the Outer Ring Road, Shanghai natives are more apt to be speaking Mandarin so that all can understand then Shanghainese, Shanghai natives and long-term migrants.

Why do people dislike Mandarin language?

People born and raised in Shanghai speak both and others usually speak Mandarin only.

Mandarin is the national Chinese language.

Usually, people in Shanghai only speak Shanghainese with their friends and families.

What percentage of Shanghainese people dont speak Mandarin?

Is this answer still relevant and up to date?

How do teenagers in Shanghai regard the Shanghainese language?

As everyone born and raised in China has to be educated to speak Mandarin and write and read Chinese characters.

How frequent is Shanghainese used in business in Shanghai?

The dialect spoken in Shanghaiis a form ofnorthern Wu, and it is the most common form within this linguistic group. If we consider the Wu language as a whole, it should be noted that it is still spoken in a large part of Zhejiang Province, southern Jiangsu Province, as well as in small parts of the Anhui Provinces, from Jiangxi and Fujian. In 1991, more than 87 million speakers were registered, placing this language as the tenth spoken language in the world! At the scale of China, even with fourteen million people speaking Shanghain and nearly a hundred million speaking Wu, we still speak dialect!

How different is the Shanghainese language from Beijing Mandarin?

Older generations all speak Shanghainese. Some of them (mostly born before 60s), however, speak mandarin with strong southern accent, for example, my mom.

English: inven / Do you speak English? : nn nven wteq kân v?

What Shanghainese phrases do I need to know to get around Shanghai?

So,generally speaking, most people speak mandarin, but everyone speaks Mandarin with their own accent. Just like people in the US, everybody has accent but they can communicate without obstacles.

How different is the Shanghainese language from Beijing Mandarin?

What Shanghainese phrases do I need to know to get around Shanghai?

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When do Shanghainese people speak Shanghainese or the Wu dialect?

Well it can be easily judged under different conditions and in different circumstances, for instance, if you are teaching in primary schools as well as high schools, you can get yourself busy in educating kids not to use shanghainese for a majority of them have mastered their dialect heavily through daily talks with their family members. But if you are a on-campus teacher, you can hardly hear students communicating in their dialects for those shanghainese takes not as much share as they are in other circumstances which is attributed to the Gaokao mechanism. However, after graduating and getting involved in the society and real communities, you will probably find yourself sunk into a sea of shanghainese.

Personally, the REAL Shanghailander will prefer to speak Shanghainese. After all, in China, people and families speak the dialect of their hometown. Firstly, its part of our culture, it is a symbol of regional culture. Then, if your hometown dialect is so different from others that outsiders cant understand what you said, it would be easier to keep your conversation with your family secret.

What does the Shanghai dialect sound like? And, specifically, how is it different from Mandarin?

The rest of Shanghai speaks a blend of Mandarin and Shanghainese. While Shanghainese has traditionally been the language of the area over the past 20 years, as Shanghai has become the NYC of mainland PRC, more and more Mandarin is spoken as a default.

I think its really easy for me to answer.

So to sum it up it depends what kind of group you are hanging with locals Shanghai people or migrants from other cities and you would be presented accordingly with language.

You will have no trouble speaking to any and all cab drivers, shop owners, or old folks in the park in Mandarin. That being said, a little Shanghainese goes a long way when youre bartering! 😉

Culture of China: What do the native Shanghainese think of people who speak Mandarin but not Shanghainese?

In Shanghai few foreigners are able to master the Shanghainese, the Learning Mandarin alone requires enough energy to occupy a few years the motivated student as is my case for example But the mastery of some basic terms of this dialect can greatly simplify many everyday situations and will impress any Shanghainese friend.

Shanghai is a cosmopolitan city, there are people from all over the world. Because there are so many dialects in China, and there will be differences in the five hundred dialects, (even completely different)

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