China makes greater efforts in protecting ethnic languages

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China has made greater efforts in protecting ethnic languages in the development of the country's spoken and written languages, said an official from the Ministry of Education (MOE) on Friday.

China has approved and published over 6,600 standard terms in Mongolian, Tibetan, Uygur, Kazak, Korean, Yi and Zhuang ethnic minority languages.

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has added more videos of ethnic language resources with a total length of over 7,100 hours, said Tian Lixin, head of the department for language application and information management under the MOE.

Tian said progress has also been made in language education. So far, more than 12,000 primary and secondary schools of ethnic minority groups have adopted both the national common language and their ethnic languages in teaching, according to Tian.

More work has been done in building up language services for major events. A platform for the Winter Olympics terms has been put to use, collecting nearly 80,000 terms in multiple languages including Chinese, English, French, Russian, Japanese, Korean and German.

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