Jacky W asked in TravelAsia PacificChina · 1 decade ago

Is Mandarin Harder Than cantonese?

Which one is harder?

Mandarin or cantonese?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Mandarin, since itis the basic form of chinese which has only four tones

    as you see, mandarin is the most use language around the world

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  • 1 decade ago

    Cantonese is more difficult as it has 8 tones. That means, one single vocal expression (or sound) has 8 tones.

    As for mandarin, only 4 tones, which is already complicated enough for the learner.

    Both Cantonese and Mandarin share the same written characters, but there are Chinese characters in Cantonese which are not used in Mandarin.

    A Cantonese speaker can understand "Mandarin Chinese Characters" IN SOME CASES, there are some Cantonese characters that a Mandarin speaker might not understand.

    i.e. The word "WHY" in Mandarin = 为什么 whereas in Cantonese = 点解. A Mandarin speaker who has no idea of Cantonese can never understand this written character.

    P.S. I speak and write both Cantonese and Mandarin perfectly well. More fascinated by Cantonese. However, I suggest you learn Mandarin first and Cantonese later as 99.9% of Chinese (I think) understand Mandarin.

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  • Wang Z
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    1 decade ago

    The cantonese is harder. Mandarin has 4 tones as Cantonese has 9 tones.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Mandarin is easier in comparison because it has a pinyin system design to teach foreigners to study and like what others were saying - there's 4 tones vs cantonese 9 tones. Cantonese is harder to learn if don't know any asian languages. I've got a relative that's Japanese and she picked up Cantonese just fine.

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  • 4 years ago

    OMG...they are totally different.. I am a Chinese&I speak Mandarin,but I'm still learnin' Cantonese...&many people speak fluent Mandarin have to LEARN Cantonese from the very beginin' U know... They sound not the same,(actually I like Cantonese..xp)Cantonese sound not as "plain" as Mandarin... I think if U can speak fluent Mandarin,U can almost understand the Candonese,but not ALL!!!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Definitely Mandarin is easier to learn & speak due to the fixed pronunciation and rules. You could speak Mandarin (Pu Tong Hua) directly from what is written or Vice-Versa.

    However certain adjectives, or words can never be written in recognized Chinese Characters in the case of Cantonese language. Cantonese is the Vietnamese way of speaking Mandarin.

    • Jing5 years agoReport

      what the hell is that? cantonese is the viet way of speaking mandarin? sorry, cantonese has NTH to do w/ vietnamese! it's the wishful thinking of viet ppl only.

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  • 1 decade ago

    No, Mandarin is easier due to the fact that there are less tones than in Cantonese. On a related subject, traditional characters are more difficult to write than simplified

    Source(s): lived in Taiwan for 5 years
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    it depends on situation around you.

    I have lived in Guangzhou for 8 years, but i can not speak Cantonese yet. Only can know a little.

    And a few local Cantonese even dont know Mandarin. A cleaning worker(cantonese) of our office speak very broken Mandarin.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    If you want to find out Mandarin but you have no clue where to begin then a program for Mandarin is the ideal on the internet program for the novices because it truly starts with the basis.

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  • kelzer
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    3 years ago

    What Is Mandarin

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  • 1 decade ago

    Mandarin is easier not only because of the fewer tones but because there are far more speakers and resources for learning.

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