“I would like to sincerely apologize for using a sentence in Shanghainese during your language class to answer your question, and for disturbing order during class. There are provisions in the code of conduct for primary and secondary school, where Putonghua must be used. I not only failed to strictly comply, making such a serious mistake in such a serious language class, but also wasted almost 30 minutes of you and your students’ valuable time in having this problem addressed. “
「我对于在您的语文课上用一句上海话回答了您提出的问题而扰乱了课堂秩序深深的歉意. 中小学行为规范中有规定在学校要讲普通话. 本人不但没有严格遵守而且在如此庄严的语文课上犯了如此严重的过错,因而浪费了您以及同学们宝贵的近30分钟来强调这个问题.」
HIGH-SCHOOL GIRL IN SHANGHAI’S MINHANG DISTRICT, APOLOGIZING TO HER TEACHER FOR SPEAKING SHANGHAINESE IN CLASS.
A Shanghai high schooler in Minhang district received a thirty-minute lecture in class, for answering a question in Shanghainese, and was then asked to write an 800-character letter of apology. The girl uploaded the beginning of her apology letter on Sina Weibo, looking for netizens to help her complete the rest of the letter. Shanghainese, along with several other dialects, is in danger of dying out due to the homogenization of Chinese language under Putonghua.
A video of local Shanghainese grade-schoolers fumbling through the dialect after the jump…