[MUD-Dev] RP thesis...

Ling K.L.Lo-94 at student.lut.ac.uk
Wed May 21 14:02:46 New Zealand Standard Time 1997


Being Chinese, couldn't help but comment:

On Tue, 20 May 1997 clawrenc at cup.hp.com wrote:

> cf Mandarin Chinese and Han Chinese.  

I'm fluent in Cantonese and I've had people trying to talk to me in
Mandarin thinking the difference would be the equivalent difference
between American-English and Brit-English.  I don't understand a damn
word, it's not just an accent, it may as well be a different language,
okay, the writing is the same but that's the only common aspect.

Little point:  The word for rain in Cantonese literally translates to
'drop-sea'.  For Gukka (Guest language, another dialect very similar, not
sure about the spelling), it translates to 'drop-water'.

> cf The chinese women's secret language (with its own secret writing
> too) and the spoken Chinese.

Oh?  Blimey, never knew about that...  That's why it's secret I suppose.


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