First "Global Chinese Dictionary" unveiled

16:45, May 18, 2010      

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The "Global Chinese Dictionary," which has collected the unique words of Chinese communities around the world, was published on May 17.

The "Global Chinese Dictionary" project was supported by the State Language Commission and compiled five years of work by more than 30 linguists from different Chinese communities like the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and so on.

More than 10,000 entries from different Chinese communities since the 1980s are included in the dictionary. Contrasts have also been made between synonyms and homonyms in different places. For example, the "Fangbian noodles" (instant noodles) on the Chinese mainland is called "Gongzai noodles" or "Jishi noodles" in Hong Kong and Macao and "Sushi noodles" in Taiwan. However, it's called "Kuaizhu noodles" in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

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