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Shanghainese/Wu Dialect sources?

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14 million speakers of Shanghainese, but almost no sources to learn to pick up the language or even crossover phrases from the official standard mandarin.

I understand the Chinese government has a vested interest in allowing people to learn mandarin/普通話 but if there are any native speakers or visitors who have known any audio clips, or even work books specifically for Shanghainese, I would be grateful!

May 20, 2018




A couple of years ago I came across this awesome website.


Unfortunately, as you can see, its now archived and none of the lessons are downloadable!

But I found this German website that has a download link for all of their podcasts - which is awesome!


Just click on the link in the line: Hier könnt ihr alle Folgen des Podcasts zusammengefasst in einer ZIP-Datei herunterladen. - it'll download all of the podcasts as a zip file.

This is the best resource I've ever found for Shanghainese that is delivered in English. You'll be able to find lessons on youtube for Mandarin speakers as well.


Thank you @cometslegend and @Jessica4201 , and many others, you guys came through after Anki decks was an incredibly sparse resource.

I will update the post with further links


We definitely need more platform for shanghainese


Find out if your local library supports Mango languages. They have some Shanghainese lessons.


I was able to find a (NOT LOCAL)library that supports Mango Languages, that supports my residence. It was only a 10 minute drive over a bridge with no traffic.


I also would like to have a crack at Shanghainese, but I've never been able to find easily digestible Shanghainese content, like on Duolingo or Memrise.

The best I can offer, which I haven't seen others in this thread post, is tatoeba.org

There is a user there who has done many Shanghainese sentences.

There is also https://baike.baidu.com/item/%E4%B8%8A%E6%B5%B7%E6%96%B9%E8%A8%80/80286?fromtitle=%E4%B8%8A%E6%B5%B7%E8%AF%9D&fromid=2047824

It has a basic vocabulary. You can also look at the references and find some decent Shanghainese sites.

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