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Shanghainese-English/English-Shanghainese Dictionary and Phrasebook

New York: Hippocrene Books, 2011.

Richard VanNess Simmons

06_Shanghainese_DP_CoverWith more than 14 million speakers, Shanghainese is the most widespread member of the Wu family of Chinese dialects and the predominant language of the city of Shanghai and the Yangzi River delta.

Distinct from, and mutually unintelligible with Mandarin, China's standard language, Shanghainese is experiencing a revival both within Shanghai and in China generally. Used in business deals, cultural activities and daily social interactions, Shanghainese is, after Cantonese, the most important of the unofficial dialects spoken in China and essential for any visitor to understand who fully wants to experience Shanghai.

This concise, portable reference includes all the essential language a traveler needs. The bilingual dictionary includes carefully selected vocabulary, and the phrasebook allows instant communication on everyday topics like eating out, accommodations, and sightseeing.

· 4,000 dictionary entries

· Includes all the essential language travelers need

· Concise grammar and pronunciation sections

· Perfect for travelers, businesspeople, and students

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