Apologies for a classic "lmgtfy" question, but you probably appreciate that the nature of what I'm asking is hard to properly convey to a search engine, regardless of whether the query is submitted in Chinese or English.

Basically I'm curious if there have been any translations/paraphrases of the daodejing from the original Classical Chinese into a modern widely spoken dialect? Classical Chinese is more or less an entirely different language to any/all of the modern dialects. On top of that, the daodejing is one of the most translated texts of all time, so I'm incredibly curious to know if anyone who speaks mando/canto/shang/etc has bothered to paraphrase/translate it into a modern dialect?

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    Searched 白話道德經 (vernacular Tao Te Ching) and I got kknews.cc/culture/8bgz6jl.html
    – Tang Ho
    Commented Oct 19, 2021 at 17:44
  • @TangHo ah thanks so much! "vernacular" was the keyword i needed apparently XD now my search results are much more hit than miss. Commented Oct 19, 2021 at 17:47

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When searching modern translation of classical literature, try adding 白話 into your search keyword

Searched 白話道德經 (vernacular Tao Te Ching) and I got the following:











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