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Shanghainese is a dialect of Wu Chinese, which is spoken in south-eastern China. The Shanghainese variety is spoken in and around the city of Shanghai; it is not understandable by Mandarin speakers. After Mandarin became the official language of China in 1949, the use of Shanghainese was discouraged but since the 1978 economic reforms, there has been the greatest decline in the use of the language. As more migrants from inside and outside of China moved to the city, the need to speak Shanghainese decreased. However, new movements to protect Shanghainese have emerged since 2005, including the use of the language in kindergartens as well as singers producing their songs in the dialect.
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