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A poor translation is for life, as one teenager discovered recently. The BBC reports that a 19-year-old's attempt to have a tattooed Chinese translation of her boyfriend's nickname went awry when the tattoo characters were revealed to mean 'supermarket'.
China's Language - a new book by Sun Hongkai, Hu Zenyi and Huang Xing from the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences - has found that a total of 130 languages are spoken by China's 56 ethnic minorities.