My last post made a quick comment on Beijing-hua, which to the China-uninitiated is the local dialect found here in Beijing. It's a modification of standard Mandarin that can easily be imitated by stuffing 14 marbles into your mouth. For those capable of speaking Chinese, extreme caution is recommended if attempted. After the insertion of the marbles, many find that their taxi drivers now completely understand their directions. Some have even reported an increase in chuanr hotspot discoveries and invitations to Mahjong games near the hutongs.
For those of who don't speak Chinese or have not visited Beijing, this particular dialect is noted for the addition of an "R" sound at the end of most words. To fully appreciate this experience, extensive research was done to uncover this Beijing-hua video guide.
Americans reading this will notice that this Chinese linguistic-additive is the opposite of the notorious Boston accent which actually drops the "R" from most words. For example, many from this particular area will refer to a "car" as a "cah" and a "park" as a "pahk." Once again, video evidence is presented below.
So what caused this phenomenon of Bostonians losing a consonant only to see it get used by a Beijing-er? To put it simply, it's due to an agreement by both of the Chinese and American governments to re-balance their overwhelming trade deficit. For years the American government has been stockpiling letters no longer in use, unfortunately the "R" market has taken a nosedive in recent years which caused a massage letter stockpiling still affecting many places in America.
Eager to solve this inventory problem, the American government threatened China with future tariffs unless they begin immediate "R" importation. Further information into the exact details can be found in the Alexendria Alliteration Accords of 2005. Now with an overabundance of "R's", Beijing had no choice but pass the surplus onto the local populace, which was quickly absorbed into the marble-munching tones we hear today.
In this particular trade war, it was a rare win for the Americans, although recent strength in the "X" market has caused the price of "R's" to continue its plummet. What effect this will have on future trade negotiations in unclear, however it is expected that Hu Jintao will accept more "R" importation in the hopes of earning future "apples for oranges" trade credits from the White House.