Mandarin or Cantonese: which should I learn? What software do you recommend?

I am going to visit China next year with my HS for two weeks. I believe we are going to Shanghai, Beijing, Xian, the Great Wall, and some rural locales. Should I study Mandarin or Cantonese? And how similar are the two languages? If I knew Mandarin and heard somebody speak Cantonese would I be able to understand them, would they be able to understand me?

And What software do you recomend to learn the language?
As for the software, I’m a student, I don’t want to spend much but I want something effective. I’m thinking eBay…

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