Dear Chinesepod community, I have just been accepted to teach English at the Zhangjiagang Foreign Language School. My question is, I was reading about the city and is it true that the Wu dialect is spoken there, and if so, how different is it from Mandarin and how frequently spoken? I was a little crestfallen when reading that because my main goal in coming to China was to practice my Mandarin skills....Any input would be wonderful, thanks so much!
johnbApril 22, 2011, 01:41 AM
People in Zhangjiagang definitely speak a Wu dialect, and it's completely different from Mandarin (to get an idea, you can listen to our Shanghainese lessons -- the Wu they speak in Zhangjiagang will be different, but the distance between it and Mandarin is similar). Of course, most everyone will also speak Mandarin, especially to a foreigner.