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Mandarin and cantonese

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas Doherty May 11. 2 Replies

Can anybody explain the relationship between these and which one is the 'official' language in China or is China bilingual. Do some cantonese speakers understand mandarin and vice versa (I was led to…Continue

 

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Thomas Doherty replied to Alex's discussion Mandarin and cantonese
"Most Cantonese speakers are bilingual in Cantonese and Mandarin ( many are even trilingual with knowledge of English ).  Most Mandarin speakers can only speak Mandarin ( many are bilingual with knowledge of English or Hokkien, and some are…"
May 11

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Brandon replied to Alex's discussion Mandarin and cantonese
"Hi Alex, Mandarin is the official language in China and is the most common. Cantonese is more used in the south of China and is dominant in Hong Kong. Some speakers know both languages but primarily if they travel often in both places or grew up…"
Feb 20, 2018
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Feb 11, 2018
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Mandarin and cantonese

Can anybody explain the relationship between these and which one is the 'official' language in China or is China bilingual. Do some cantonese speakers understand mandarin and vice versa (I was led to believe they don't understand each other)
Feb 11, 2018

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