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Government Officials Should Speak 'Putonghua' While On Duty

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<span .="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Tahoma, Helvetica, SimSun, sans-serif; line-height: 21px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">China's official language is 'putonghua', but surprisingly, and very disappointingly, many government officials have been seen speaking dialects on national television, CCTV! &nbsp;Police officers in Si Chuan and Chongqing for instance, have been seen speaking to CCTV reporters in their local dialects instead of 'putonghua'. &nbsp;When they are interviewed by CCTV reporters, they are expected to communicate to the whole nation, not just to their provincial residents, but when they speak in dialects, only the people in their provinces could understand them, people elsewhere could not understand what they are babbling about.</span><p .="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; word-wrap: break-word; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Tahoma, Helvetica, SimSun, sans-serif; line-height: 21px;"></p><div .="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; word-wrap: break-word; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Tahoma, Helvetica, SimSun, sans-serif; line-height: 21px;">And this phenomenon is not limited to police officers only; &nbsp;other government officials in work uniform have also been seen speaking dialects on national television. &nbsp;</div><div .="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; word-wrap: break-word; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Tahoma, Helvetica, SimSun, sans-serif; line-height: 21px;">Dialects should be confined to the local coffee shops and vegetable markets, not on television. &nbsp;The government has been trying to promote the use of the official language 'putonghua' through signs on board buses for instance, encouraging all to speak the language, but their officials are not practicing what it preaches! &nbsp;When even government officials don't help to promote the use of the the official language, how can the ordinary people be expected to use it more widely?</div><div .="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; word-wrap: break-word; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Tahoma, Helvetica, SimSun, sans-serif; line-height: 21px;">The government should insist that its officials speak the official language while on duty, especially when they talk to reporters on CCTV. &nbsp;Officials who speak dialects while on duty should be slapped with demerit points! &nbsp;And CCTV should do its part too, by interviewing only those who can speak 'putonghua'. &nbsp;It should not allow dialects on its programs, even when reporting from provincial locations!</div>

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Reply Report voice_cd 2016-8-5 17:06
Thanks for sharing your story here, we have highlighted it.
Reply Report pnp 2016-8-5 17:14
voice_cd: Thanks for sharing your story here, we have highlighted it.
Thanks
Reply Report Chengking 2016-8-5 20:33
Agree with you, but some of them, especially those from the rural south, just don't speak Putonghua well enough.
Reply Report pnp 2016-8-6 12:19
Chengking: Agree with you, but some of them, especially those from the rural south, just don't speak Putonghua well enough.
Sorry, the  Recommended  was an error of my keying.
Government officials are schooled in putonghua, so no excuse for speaking dialects!
Reply Report SEARU 2016-8-6 16:26
You are a bit hard on them since officially they are not required to have such skill on language!
Reply Report pnp 2016-8-6 19:32
SEARU: You are a bit hard on them since officially they are not required to have such skill on language!
Go read my blog again.  Government officials know enough putonghua or they wont be holding those positions.  They are just too lazy to speak the official language.  I would go .one, step further and ask that they be given demerit points for speaking dialects while on duty, especially on national TV.
Reply Report Liononthehunt 2017-4-18 20:04
In reality, the government officials might not all have been schooled in mandarin, especially for the older ones.
Do all the officials in the US speak with the same so-called General American accent? Have you never heard the twang of the southerners on US TV channels when interviews are conducted between reporters and government officials? I bet not.

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  • Government Officials Should Speak 'Putonghua' While On Duty 2017-4-18 20:04

    In reality, the government officials might not all have been schooled in mandarin, especially for the older ones.
    Do all the officials in the US speak with the same so-called General American accent? Have you never heard the twang of the southerners on US TV channels when interviews are conducted between reporters and government officials? I bet not.

  • The Chinese Are Ashamed Of Their Chinese Names 2017-4-18 19:25

    To some extend, it is true that some people think it fashionable to have a western name, but in most cases, the western names they have are just an extra name like a moniker for fun, and they would not discard their original Chinese names, which are still the only valid names on their ID cards and passports.
    Most Chinese employees of foreign companies with operations in China are usually required to adopt a western name similar to an alias or stage name, that will be officially registered in the company's roster electronically,  just for internal communication's sake (Chinese names are sometimes too hard for the foreign co-workers to pronounce.) However, to my knowledge, more and more new recruits of those companies, particularly the millennials, reject this requirement outright, and insist on calling them Gu Tao, Xiao Yu, Ling Xu, etc.
    Things are changing.

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