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Old 06-18-2013, 02:53 PM
 
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Many people in China (usually those from the north) say it sounds like Japanese.

For those who don't speak Chinese: what is your impression? Does it sound "better" than Mandarin or worse?


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Old 06-18-2013, 03:22 PM
 
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Lol it sounds nothing like Japanese, where on Earth could anyone get that idea? It still sounds more like Mandarin than any other language I've ever heard. If I was hearing both languages for the first time I'd probably like Shanghainese better, but I've actually grown fond of the harshness of Mandarin.
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:32 PM
 
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Lol it sounds nothing like Japanese, where on Earth could anyone get that idea? It still sounds more like Mandarin than any other language I've ever heard. If I was hearing both languages for the first time I'd probably like Shanghainese better, but I've actually grown fond of the harshness of Mandarin.
People from north China cannot understand Shanghainese and feel it is very "fast", so they think it's like Japanese (of course, not including those who can speak Japanese).

Shanghainese has no diphthongs, i.e. there is no ai, ei, ao in the same syllable, somehow like Japanese.

Shanghainese distinguishes [thung]通 [tung]东 and [dung]同, something special too.
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:20 AM
 
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I've never felt Shanghainese sounded anything like Japanese. I do think it sounds pleasant except the guy with the shiny vest annoys the hell out of me, as does the background music and the laugh track. That show blows.
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