I recently read that there has been some debate over whether to standardise the pinyin system here, and how the government is giving certain counties incentives to do so. However, I do get the distinct feeling that the pinyin isn’t really the problem (anyone who has been to Hong Kong will understand completely). Shouldn’t they be working on the grammar here instead?
I know this has been done to death; a topic that's being constantly dragged around the forums, but my point is, why focus on standardising the pinyin system (for foreigners' benefit) when there are such huge problems with the public notices written by some poor nonse who got a gold star on his english work in year 1, and now thinks he's qualified to write his nonse-english all over Taiwan. It's not terribly important, well, at least not to me at the moment, seeing as I generally have no problem keeping my finger away from the door, and standing steadily to the right, and knowing I should go to a 'saloon' for a haircut. Although I imagine it might be a little more difficult for people with no chinese and very little English. What does everyone think about this? It's a largely unimportant issue, but do you think they should do a city-wide english clean-up before a pinyin one? :wink: