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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 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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