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thanks for answering, but do they understand cantonese

Cantonese uses complex characters.

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Im off to Beijing in March 09 and want to know what language they speak Cantonese or Mandarin? Ive got someone who speaks Cantonese but he tends to think they speak Mandarin.I f I go with everything translated in to Cantonese will they understand it?

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If you mean spoken language, cantonese is generally NOT understood in Beijing. Cantonese is a Mandarin dialect thats more widely spoken and understood in the Guangdong Province & Hong Kong. The written language is the same – Chinese . Just that some of the words are used differently and the sentence structure could be different.

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Cantonese is written in simplified Chinese characters if youre in mainland China. Its not necessarily written in traditional Chinese characters.

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Cantonese and Mandarin are of 2 different language families totally and sound almost nothing like each other. In (simplified) linguistics, Mandarin is of the northern dialect family and Cantonese is of the southern dialect family.

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Mandarin. The common dialect all over China, and it originates from Beijing.

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I think the people in Beijing speaks Mandarin which has a different accent from thsoe spoken in other areas likeTaiwanorShanghai. So it is really important to write your destination in Chinese characters.

Mandarin uses simplified characters (writing) while Cantonese uses complex characters. Speakers and readers of both languages do not always understand all the characters of the other language – especially for characters concerning special terms for certain food dishes.

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The written script is mainly standard, so if you have destinations printed in Chinese characters, people will still understand you. Most mainland Chinese will understand simplified Chinese characters much better than traditional Chinese characters though.

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no. Mandarin to Cantonese is very much like English to French.

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You can certainly write Cantonese. There is even cantonese version of many wikipedia pages.

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Cantonese speakers from mainland China use simplified Chinese characters.

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The difference between the English/French analogy is that there is no such written language as Cantonese or Mandarin – they are both Chinese, so if your friend can write things for you in Chinese it will help. (The nearest analogy is the arabic numbers: 1 is one in English but un in French).

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