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Use normal vernacular, make it readable Omit tone marks in pinyin Do not reverse names in translation (as the Japanese do)


If I'm writing a scholarly article I normally put the Chinese first (Pinyin italicized and before characters) like this: Many songs were written to praise the Chinese Communist Party and the zǔguó 祖国 ‘Motherland’. The reason is that for a linguistically inclined and Chinese-reading audience I'd give primacy to Chinese term. But if it's intended for ...

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