This is a cool thing that has just happened in Shanghai and the responses from people “on the street.” Found here.
Q: The Shanghai dialect has been used at some shopping malls along with Mandarin and English. What do you think?
Xue Dongming a 22 year old student from Shanghai says, ” I think it’s unnecessary as Shanghai is an international city with people coming from all over the world.”
Zhou Zhou a 27 year old white collar worker from Shanghai says, ” It’s a good idea as many native old men can not understand Mandarin or English.”
Qian Shuixin a 21 year old student from Shanghai says, ” I think it’s a good way to save the Shanghai dialect from extinction as many local children can’t speak the dialect now.”
Andy Wang a 28 year old trade agent from Shanghai says, ” The Shanghai dialect sounds strange in the broadcasts because I’ve never heard it before. Maybe I will get used to it over time.”
Yao Daquan a 37 year old reporter from Jiangsu Province says “More public places should use the Shanghai dialect because it represents the city’s unique culture.”
Magnus a 32 year old cartoonist and dad from America says, “I think it’s a great thing. I know in other parts of China they use the local dialect along with Mandarin and English in Subway announcements and shopping mall announcements. I think it’s a great idea! Way to go SHANGHAI! Everybody can learn more Shanghainese little by little!”
What do you think?