Dmitry N.
Mandarins and Cantonese Putonghua vs Mandarin

What do you think about those dialects? Which to study the first?
Apr 21, 2018 5:43 PM
Comments · 6
Putonghua is Standard Mandarin, so these are one and the same.
April 21, 2018


Your heading referred to "Mandarin vs. Cantonese" but your text was "Putonghua vs. Mandarin". As other people have commented, Putonghua and Mandarin are the same.

Mandarin and Cantonese, on the other hand, are different. Cantonese is so different that there have been various discussions about whether Cantonese is considered a dialect or a language in its own right.

My understanding is that formal written Chinese (grammar and vocabulary) is the same for both Mandarin and Cantonese speakers. However, colloquial Cantonese is totally different.

Mandarin is the official language of China, Taiwan and Singapore. Cantonese is used in Hong Kong and Guangzhou. What you want to study first depends on your purpose of studying Chinese.

Good luck!

April 22, 2018
Mandarin is used all over China. However, you may study Cantonese if you are planing a trip to Hongkong...
April 22, 2018
They are the same one.
April 22, 2018
There are so many dialects in China,which have completely different pronunciations with Mandarin Chinese.However, putonghua is available everywhere in China.
April 22, 2018
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