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Re: The Culture Thread

Post by peugeot407 on Sun 8 May 2011 - 3:08

How do you think about the way the PRC treats Tibet and the Uygur Turks? I'm not one of those free-Tibet-now types by the way, I'm just curious...


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Re: The Culture Thread

Post by The Dude on Sun 8 May 2011 - 3:46

The strange thing I found about China, is that there is no Chinese language (although Mandarin is the most popular, and official language . Also there is no Chinese ethnicity, but many different ones. (although most are Han) I just hope that 'Communist' Piece of Shit, Mao Zedong burns in hell.

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Re: The Culture Thread

Post by Nero on Sun 8 May 2011 - 13:03

China does have a rich history, but not many focus on stuff before 19th century, most is on how the Europeans basically abused China
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Re: The Culture Thread

Post by spangopola on Sun 8 May 2011 - 14:21

Maybe you're talking in an European sense Razz

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Post by The Dude on Sun 8 May 2011 - 14:41

What's cool I found out about Chinese, is you don't need to learn Chinese, to read and write in Chinese.

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Re: The Culture Thread

Post by spangopola on Sun 8 May 2011 - 15:49

Well, there is more like....a thousands of Chinese dialects. Before, the definition of "Chinese" is formed by 5 main cultures: Han Chinese, Manchurians, Mongolians, Arabians, and the Tibet people. Today, the definition is of 56 culture groups.

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Re: The Culture Thread

Post by peugeot407 on Sun 8 May 2011 - 20:47

So basically all Chinese speak at least three languages then? Their cultural language, Mandarin and Simplified Chinese. Or not?


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Re: The Culture Thread

Post by spangopola on Sun 8 May 2011 - 21:43

Simplified Chinese is a way of writing the language. Just like Traditional Chinese, but easier (and for stupider Chinese....not foreigners tho). Therefore, there is two ways to write Chinese. Well, Mandarin is basically the inter-Chinese language, but it is also the 'cultural language' of the Hans. Therefore, for the Hans there is only 2 languages: local dialect (each province has a bunch of dialects). However, some Chinese doesn't speak their local dialects very well, since usually there is little official education courses from the government for them. Also, it's much more easier to use Mandarin then speaking with local dialect since it's easier to communicate with ppl outside the province.

For example, me, as a Han Chinese living in Taiwan, (Taiwanese for short) I can speak Taiwanese and Mandarin. On the other hand, a Tai-Yah tribe man might be able to speak Mandarin, the Tai-Yah language (the culture language), or even Taiwanese (the regional/province language).

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Re: The Culture Thread

Post by Pepp on Mon 9 May 2011 - 0:45

Wait spangola, you said Han, Manchu, Mongol, Arabs, and Tibet, so where did Uighurs belongs to? Mongols? Because I think they are Turkic people.

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Re: The Culture Thread

Post by peugeot407 on Mon 9 May 2011 - 1:19

Uygurs are Turks, so I suppose they speak a language that is close to Turkish...


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Re: The Culture Thread

Post by Pepp on Mon 9 May 2011 - 1:37

So the Chinese must be Han, Manchu, Mongol, Turkic, and Tibet, instead of Han, Manchu, Mongol, Arabs, and Tibet.

I have never heard about Arab people in China...

Btw: Turkic people are come from near Dzungaria, right?

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Re: The Culture Thread

Post by peugeot407 on Mon 9 May 2011 - 1:45

I don't know. The Mughals in India were Arabs, and I suppose there might be Arabs north of the Himalayas as well. But there's only one person who knows. Razz


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Re: The Culture Thread

Post by Pepp on Mon 9 May 2011 - 1:49

Mughals are more Persian, though.

The Aria was, absolutely, Caucasian and not real Indian. The real one are the Dravidian.

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Re: The Culture Thread

Post by spangopola on Mon 9 May 2011 - 3:17

Tbh, I simply translated it from Chinese....i dunno the real term Razz It's 漢滿蒙回藏....回 can mean many things.

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Re: The Culture Thread

Post by spangopola on Mon 9 May 2011 - 3:24

回 stands for both Turkic and Arab in Chinese, tbh.

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Re: The Culture Thread

Post by peugeot407 on Mon 9 May 2011 - 8:17

It looks like a cupboard to me. Razz


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Re: The Culture Thread

Post by Hoop Thrower on Mon 9 May 2011 - 10:56

Looks like a square to me

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Re: The Culture Thread

Post by Pepp on Mon 9 May 2011 - 12:10

It is looks like a square inside a square in my laptop...

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Re: The Culture Thread

Post by Nero on Mon 9 May 2011 - 18:56

it looks chinese to me Razz , I did Japanese and I learned Kanji (which is essential chinese characters), there are about 50,000 of them. And we think that 26 letters are enough
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