Dictionary of dying slang records changing landscape of Beijing (4)

22:57, December 30, 2010      

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Liu's nostalgia is echoed by many young Chinese, who are now brainstorming for new ways of promoting "the tone of home" in a move to cherish the memory of their hometown or to display the pride on their identity.

On China's Internet, many dialects have opened postbars or forums, where posts aimed to combat "dialect illiteracy" or to mock the "Grade Six Test" attracted the most hits.

Netizens also collected ballads and riddles from different dialects to share with each other.

In China's economic hub Shanghai, old slang has been listed in the middle school literature textbook to let students better understand the history of the city through its language.

Also, it has become a trend in recent years to have the heroes and heroines in films talking in dialect. A new version of the latest blockbuster "Let the Bullets Fly" has just hit the screen in Sichuan dialect from the beginning to the end.

On China's video platform Tudou.com, the American animation Tom and Jerry has at least 15 dialect versions, spontaneously dubbed by enthusiastic netizens.

"It's a shame that many children can no longer understand that," commented one netizen under a Fuzhou dialect dubbed Doraemon episode. "It's a fun experience exclusively enjoyed by we 'Fuzhounese'-speaking people."

Source: Xinhua

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