Mandarian or Cantonese?

United States
May 10, 2008 5:34pm CST
Here's a question for my Chinese friends. Which language is spoken in your town/city Mandarin or Cantonese?When I see the Olympics,which language will our host speak at the Olympics?Thanks for your help.
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@youless (84924)
• Guangzhou, China
30 May 08
I think I am very qualified to answer this question because I am a Chinese. Actually in Guangzhou the Cantonese is the local dialect. However, I still think Mandarin is much more useful. When you go out of Guangdong Province, other people may not understand Cantonese because it's only a dialect. If you Mandarin, you can go all over China because people know it. So Mandarin is the official language in China. So when you see the Olympics, the language will be Mandarin unless you are watching the Cantonese channels. I love China
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• United States
31 May 08
Thank you.I understand.So when I see Chinese movies, the characters are speaking Mandarin?
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@youless (84924)
• Guangzhou, China
31 May 08
Oh, it depends on. You have to see where this movie was filmed. For example, usually Hong Kong movies are in Cantonese. Chinese and Taiwan movies are in Mandarin.
• Malaysia
30 May 08
Non of Mandarin nor Cantonese is spoken in my city. We speak Hokkien. I believe that Olympics should speak in Mandarin, as Mandarin already official language in China, and Cantonese already listed as one of the dialect.
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• United States
31 May 08
Is Hokkien hard to learn or understand if you know Mandarin or Cantonese?
@sminut13 (1786)
• Singapore
11 May 08
i agree to, i think mandarin will be spoken most likely too. as said earlier, cantonese is a local dialect and not all chinese people understand it. you could say mandarin is the main or something. where i'm located, almost everyone speaks mandarin. there are some who do speak cantonese, hokkien and so on. but on tvs and all, it's usually mandarin.
• United States
11 May 08
Thank you.
@rookiekan (883)
• China
11 May 08
it must be Mandarin,Cantonese is just a local language in Guangdong province and Hongkong,it's not popular in most of China.but many overseas chinese from Guangdong province and tremendous influence of HongKong,foreigners thought Cantonese is authentic chinese.authentic chinese is Mandarin,so u will listen Mandarin report about Olympic games from chinese medias
• United States
11 May 08
Thank you.