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Fangyan Friday: The Hybrid Ming Court Dialect of Kunming

'Kunminghua' is a fusion of Ming dynasty official Mandarin and multiple ethnic minority dialects in Yunnan

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Fangyan Friday #14: Nankinese

For centuries, Nanjing dialect was considered standard Chinese

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Fangyan Friday #12: Hacking Hakka

The dialect of China’s “guest families” is a “living fossil” of ancient Chinese

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Fangyan Friday: Viral Speech

New software aims to help medical teams communicate in dialects in the ongoing coronavirus fight

LANGUAGE

Fangyan Friday: Wherefore ‘Er’ Thou?

A guide to the tricky sound that defines Beijing

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Fangyan Friday #10: Sing-song Shanghaiese

A melodious and hybrid dialect shaped by a city’s storied past

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Fangyan Friday #9: Elegant Shaoxing

Even insults can sound refined in the dialect of this gentle Zhejiang city

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Fangyan Friday Special: Hong Kong English

The other language of this Special Administrative Region

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Fangyan Friday #8: Hong Kong Cantonese

English loanwords have changed this language of the Guangfu people and gangster films

MODERN HISTORY

Fangyan Friday #7: The Plains of Shaanxi

This northwestern province is famous for its down-to-earth dialect

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