Posted by: rbbadger | May 29, 2009

60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the People’s Republic of China (中華人民共和國).  A lot has changed in 60 years.  This video, which was taken at the 50th anniversary celebrations in Beijing (北京), shows some of the military pageantry associated with the event.  You can also hear the national anthem of the PRC, an anthem which is catchy in a Communist sort of way.

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  1. WOW! That was very impressive! Could you understand anything that was said? Do you hear Chinese spoken in Korea very often? WOW. Thanks for sharing!

    • I do not hear Chinese spoken very often in Korea, apart from subway announcements. China is now the biggest trading partner of the Republic of Korea. More Chinese tourists are coming here now, something which is very easy for them, given that Beijing and Shanghai are very close to us by air. I didn’t understand the words that were said, mostly because the Mandarin pronunciation of Chinese words is very different from the Korean pronunciation of Chinese words.

      The Chinese words that form the largest part of the vocabulary of Korean were adapted to the pronunciation habits of the Koreans. Additionally, they were imported long before Mandarin pronunciation achieved its current day status. In Mandarin, there are no syllables that end in p,t, or k. Yet in the Chinese part of the Korean vocabulary, there are an abundance of syllables ending in those consonants. Other Chinese languages, such as Cantonese, which is spoken in Guangdong Province, Hong Kong, and Macau (Macao), maintain them. I like the sound of Cantonese, but Mandarin seems very harsh to my ears, especially when spoken in the Beijing dialect.


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