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Different perspective tends to have different focus.  The advantage of the chinese characters lies in stability which proves to be more cost effective in the long run.  China was ruled by both Mongolians and manchurians for nearly half of the last millennium but the chinese language was only influenced but not outdone by the foreign rulers phonetic languages.  The Chinese Written language is meant to be very elite oriented so foreigners who have chosen to make China their home (even unfortunately destined in the most backward and least civilized part of China such as the Cantonese area) is expected to learn the dominant PUTONGHUA which the modern written chinese is based on as  the standard, just like the cantonese ppl in Hong Kong is now trying really hard to learn putonghua as its the language spoken by the elites in China.

  表意文字相对表音的优势是稳定,稳定有利传承,才有积淀和底气,才能经得起考验。汉文明得以积淀深厚流传久远,汉字居功至伟。长寿的人值得自我感觉良好,先天基因和后天生存智慧过人才会活得比大多数人长命。汉字始于黄河流域,几千年来汉字圈的大趋势是扩张中,尽管扩张速度不如字母文字,但却很稳固,日韩过去百年积极去中国化,但依然摆脱不了汉字,因为重要的文献文件都离不开汉字,人名地名都是汉字。韩国在取消汉字教育近半个世纪后,又将在基础教育中恢复学汉字。

在中原周边出现过的表音文字从未能竞争得过汉字,满人强势入主中原,原想着推广满语淘汰汉语,结果却是他们自己被汉化了。英语来势汹汹,我曾以为汉语会被英语淘汰,也免不了秀过崇洋媚外的俗,但现在不再这么认为,妥妥恢复了对中华文化的信心。犹太人对自己的文化和宗教非常执着,尽管流离游走于世界各地上千年,依然保持着自己的独特,唯一被外族同化的一群就是流落到中原的那些犹太人。

  汉字的精英属性很强,我期待不久的将来,精英们为后代所选择的学校是因为国学水平高而不是有英语教学。

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Different perspective tends to have different focus.  The advantage of the chinese characters lies in stability which proves to be more cost effective in the long run.  China was ruled by both Mongolians and manchurians for nearly half of the last millennium but the chinese language was only influenced but not outdone by the foreign rulers phonetic languages.  The Chinese Written language is meant to be very elite oriented so foreigners who have chosen to make China their home (even unfortunately destined in the most backward and least civilized part of China) is expected to learn the dominant PUTONGHUA which the modern written chinese is based on as  the standard, just like hk ppl is trying hard to learn putonghua as its the language spoken by the elites in China.

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Cantonese was once wrongly taken as the representative language for china in the west due to cantonese ppl from Hong Kong and GuangDong were the first lot leaving China to make a living abroad. They represented the least competitive lot of human resource in China. Cantonese area has actually long been considered the least civilized part of China and the cantonese language is the result of the chinese language brought down by the chinese settlers from central China. The local benefited from the chinese language otherwise their recorded history would be much shorter than 2000yrs.  

Due to climate and segregation by mountains, the cantonese pronouciation is very different from the much more refined putonghua pronouciation. hk ppl tend to carry a very heavy cantonese accent when speaking putonghua and such accent is generally not too well perceived by other chinese.

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seneca Post time: 2016-1-31 08:41
YOu do have the skill to express yourself in franglais, Ted  A few le/la problems apart, I got t ...

Actually, we have strayed somewhat from the subject of Tibetans losing their language. And, in that case, I do empathize. They should be able to conduct their daily lives in Tibetan (unless so many Han move to Tibet that the Tibetans become a very tiny minority). The usual fate of minorities (unless they are very skilled or very rich) is that they learn the majority language to get ahead commercially or professionally. Those Tibetans who wish to participate in the larger sphere of China will learn Mandarin. Generally-speaking, the more competent and ambitious people from the minorities learn the dominant language swiftly.
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