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If you speak a dialect of the Chinese language, which one do you speak?

For my part, I speak Teochew.
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hakka, hokkien and cantonese.
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apart from mandarin..cantonese is widely used
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blackistar5 wrote:

apart from mandarin..cantonese is widely used


Not really. It is slowly dying away. Most of the Cantos I know (And a good deal, to be sure) do not show any fluency in the language, thanks to good ol' fashion assimilation.
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orangeflute wrote:


blackistar5 wrote:

apart from mandarin..cantonese is widely used


Not really. It is slowly dying away. Most of the Cantos I know (And a good deal, to be sure) do not show any fluency in the language, thanks to good ol' fashion assimilation.


aperently all dialects are dying away
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Posted 5/25/10

bubopop wrote:


orangeflute wrote:


blackistar5 wrote:

apart from mandarin..cantonese is widely used


Not really. It is slowly dying away. Most of the Cantos I know (And a good deal, to be sure) do not show any fluency in the language, thanks to good ol' fashion assimilation.


aperently all dialects are dying away


Well, some are, some aren't. Cantonese in foriegn shores dies away because it is simply impractical to use it. Apart from Chinatown, where else will you use it. It only survive as long as it has because there are speakers around for it to even be communicated. Teochew, my language, is dying away because speakers often live far and few between. This will leave natives speakers who want to practice the language is practical conversation high and dry.

Take for example learning Spanish: The procter will hand out materials to practice the language, via writing, spelling, and all that, but, these learners are lacking in a practical application of the language. Therefore, they will only sound ridiculous in the ears of native speakers, having only learn from text book and lax teacher, willing to allow for butchery of the language because he knows that it isn't the students' first language.
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Posted 5/30/10
I'm only like 25% Chinese if not less, but
my father claims that my grandpa spoke cantonese :3
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Cantonese and Mandarin
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Posted 6/4/10
hmm i speak in mandarin and write in traditional
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Posted 6/5/10

reyan16 wrote:

hmm i speak in mandarin and write in traditional :o


Taiwanese?
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Posted 6/5/10

orangeflute wrote:


reyan16 wrote:

hmm i speak in mandarin and write in traditional :o


Taiwanese?


haha yea my parents came from taiwan
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Posted 6/6/10 , edited 6/6/10

reyan16 wrote:


orangeflute wrote:


reyan16 wrote:

hmm i speak in mandarin and write in traditional :o


Taiwanese?


haha yea my parents came from taiwan :)


So, does your parent speaks Taiwanese as well, or are they only fluent in Putonghua?
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Posted 6/18/10
I speak cantonese. Although, I need to review on it..
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Posted 6/18/10
i know a bit cantonese from watching hong kong dramas
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I speak Mandarin and Shanghainese <---- is that even a word???
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