Readings — From the February 2018 issue

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From descriptions of audience applause recorded in official transcriptions of speeches by Nicolae Ceausescu. They were included in a blog post published last year by Yuan Ling, a journalist. The post, which drew parallels between Communist Romania and contemporary China, was widely shared on social media during China’s Nineteenth National Party Congress. Translated from the Chinese by Diana Bates.

Applause

Long applause

Lively applause

Cheerful applause

Warm applause

Extended warm applause

Warm applause, cheerfully

Warm applause, the whole audience standing, cheering

Warm applause, the whole audience standing, shouting ardently

Extended warm applause, the whole audience standing, shouting ardently

Extended warm applause and cheering, the whole audience standing, shouting ardently

Every single attendee standing, filling the atmosphere with exuberance; extended cheering

Warm applause, clapping; shouting ardently for a long time; standing up, cheering for a few minutes in a warm, united atmosphere

Warm applause and cheers; every single attendee standing and cheering for an extended period of time in an atmosphere brimming with warmth

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