15 Jan '11, 1am

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THE use of Chinese dialects has dropped sharply in one generation. The share of Chinese living here who speak mainly dialect at home has fallen to fewer than one in five. Just 30 years ago, the figure was close to four in five. Over the same period, the use of Mandarin and English has shot up. Mandarin is today the language most frequently spoken at home for one in two Chinese residents. That places it in top spot, followed by English, which is the main language at home for one in three Chinese, according to just-released data from Census 2010. But while growth in the share of English-speaking households has accelerated in the last decade, the growth of Mandarin-speaking households has slowed. Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Straits Times.

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/...

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