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The standard spoken form of modern Chinese, based on the dialect of Beijing.
- ‘He spoke for too long and his putonghua is not very good.’
- ‘Another option if you speak a bit of the putonghua is to have a tailor visit you at home.’
- ‘The official language of China is putonghua or Mandarin, spoken by over 70 percent of the Han Chinese.’
- ‘They refuse to speak putonghua and they refuse to travel to China.’
- ‘Suyong used a mixture of Anhui dialect and putonghua to speak to the reporter, so her meaning is barely understood.’
Chinese, literally ‘common spoken language’.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.