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Youguang, who simplified Chinese script, dead

Youguang, who simplified Chinese script, dead
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Zhou Youg­uang, who simplified the Chinese language by introducing Pinyin, died here on Saturday. He was 112. Pinyin is the Romanised form of Mandarin...

Beijing : Zhou Youg­uang, who simplified the Chinese language by introducing Pinyin, died here on Saturday. He was 112. Pinyin is the Romanised form of Mandarin characters one of the most complicated languages of the world which makes it much easier to learn the ancient language, especially for foreigners. Chinese is the world's most spoken language, thanks to China's booming population and its Diaspora.

Mao Zedong is the Pinyin version of Mao Tse-tung. Zhou and his colleagues began working on Pinyin in 1955 and took three years to develop it. The most striking thing about Zhou's involvement was that he was neither a linguist nor a lexicographer but an economist, who returned home to China from Wall Street, according to the New York Times.

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