Shanghai Airline to broadcast announcements in Shanghai dialect starting New Years Eve

| January 19th, 2012

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Starting from Chinese New Year’s eve (falls on 1/22 this year), Shanghai Airline will try to broadcast inflight announcements in very “rich flavored” Shanghai dialect (Shanghainese) on the returning flights from Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan 6 cities.  Airline launched “Shanghai Dialect broadcast in the cabin” service, in order to make the passengers on the plane to feel the deep flavor of Shanghai, let the Shanghai-born travelers to feel the warmth of home.  Official said, if the trial results were good, we would broadcast in Shanghai dialect on every flight returning Shanghai.

Knowing how to speak Shanghai dialect does not mean it will sound good when broadcasting in it. Yesterday afternoon, the first group of announcers took the training examination. Among which 80 passed the test. The following audio is used for training:

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Translation:

Hello dear passengers, ladies and gentlemen, welcome you to our oriental metropolis – Shanghai. Since 1943, Shanghai has always been known as the oriental modern metropolis, with diversity, which gathered cultures of the east and the west.  Especially the distinctive shopping, food and tourism, gave Shanghai the name: Pairs of the east. Huaihai Road,Nanjing Road and Xujiahui are all shopping heavens, you can find anything you want to buy!  World famous attractions, the Bund, Chenghuang Temple, Pearl of the Orient,Xintiandi and Lujiazui, you must go to all! There are also many tasty foods: Xiaolongbao, braised pork, hairy crab, pan-fried dumplings… taste so good!  Dear passengers, do you think Shanghai dialect sounds nice?   If you have time in Shanghai, you must go see the Shanghai opera, comedy opera and one-man opera they will make you like our Shanghai even more.  Finally, wish you successful at work and have fun in Shanghai.

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  1. Bo Wang says:

    “Dear passengers, do you think Shanghai dialect sounds nice?”

    No… all Chinese dialects sound ugly. l2speak Mandarin.

  2. So Shanghai became an oriental modern metropolis in 1943, when it was under Japanese occupation? That’s an interesting new interpretation!

  3. DrPepper says:

    The audio said 1843, not 1943.

  4. Ken says:

    Shanghainese is not a Chinese Dialect. It is infact a separate language based on linguistic definitions.

    Shanghainese (otherwise known as Wu) itself has many dialects, eg. Suzhou, Nanjing, Ningbo etc.
    Wu did not originate from Mandarin, much like how Cantonese (Yue) did not originate from Mandarin either.

    They have a common ancestor. Just like English and German.

  5. Tim says:

    Shanghainese is a beautiful language. The Mandarin dialect is not the culture of Shanghai, it is the culture of the Qing Manchu’s. Bo Wang should clean his ears.

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