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The Rivalry of the Mandarin and Cantonese Dialects

There are two main spoken styles of the Chinese language: those are the Mandarin and the Cantonese dialects. Mandarin is officially used in Mainland China, Taiwan, and Singapore; however, Cantonese is more dominant in Guangzhou province and officially spoken in Hong Kong. Cantonese or Standard Cantonese is a dialect widely spoken in Guangzhou (which literally means Canton) and Hong Kong. Although Cantonese shares most the same vocabulary with Mandarin, these two Chinese languages are mutually unintelligible. In addition, there are quite a few large differences between these languages, from vocabulary to grammar, to sentence structure, and to pronunciation. So, why has Cantonese become an Independent language? There are numerous regional spoken Chinese dialects, but all of these are mutually unintelligible. Although China has promoted Mandarin…

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