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Traditional-simplified Chinese dictionary close to publication

Traditional-simplified Chinese dictionary close to publication

Taipei, Jan. 2 (CNA) An online dictionary featuring the differences between the Mandarin Chinese used in Taiwan and that used in mainland China will be launched next month at the earliest in partial form, President Ma Ying-jeou announced Monday. The dictionary will compare traditional and simplified Chinese characters and also list the different expressions used on the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, as a mark of respect for such differences, Ma said. Compiled by Taiwan's General Association of Chinese Culture (GACC) and scholars from China, the dictionary currently has about 30,000 completed entries and people will be able to access the online dictionary as soon as next month, Ma said while attending a Chinese character festival in Taipei, accompanied by GACC President Liu Chao-shiuan and Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin. The annual festival is held to promote the use of traditional Chinese characters, as users of traditional are far outnumbered by those who use the simplified form, Ma added. There are 1.3 billion users of simplified characters worldwide, while those who write using the traditional form number less than 40 million, half of whom live in Taiwan, Ma said. "We should work harder to promote traditional Chinese characters if we are committed to passing on the Chinese cultural heritage," he added. Although the United Nations upholds simplified Chinese as the standard, the World Health Organization adopted traditional characters when compiling a Chinese-English dictionary on traditional Chinese medicine in 2009. "Medical practitioners cannot afford to make mistakes, and it is only right to use traditional Chinese characters for dealing with traditional medicine," he added. According to Liu, the online dictionary is scheduled to be completed by 2015. (By Hsu Chih-wei and Scully Hsiao)


Updated : 2021-04-22 05:33 GMT+08:00