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Chinese linguist that translation system invented death

Chinese linguist that translation system invented death

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Zhou Youguang, Chinese which is a standard system devised by which Chinese characters can be converted into words, is 111-year-old age died.

Zhou worked with a committee of the Communist y in the fifties for three years on a system to Chinese characters to put it in words in the Latin alphabet. He died in Beijing, writes the BBC Saturday.

The so-called Pinyin system brought new ways in which the Standaardmandarijn was taught and an improved approach to illiteracy.

Before Pinyin was introduced was 85 percent of the Chinese population is illiterate. Nowadays, nearly every Chinese to read and write. Pinyin is widely used on computers and smartphones.

Zhou was in 1906, born during the Qing dynasty. In his young years, he spent time in the US, where he as a banker on Wall Street worked.

Later in his life he was a fierce opponent of the communist system in China. Because he had contributed to the creation of Pinyin, he is not prosecuted. However, he was under Mao Zedong into the countryside for ‘re-education’.

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