And is Min a dialect of Mandarin? I’m writing a book and need a language spoken in China that ‘most’ Chinese wouldn’t understand. My research led me to Min, but is there a better option?

originally came from south of Fujian? does it mean even the aboriginal Taiwanese were also mainland Chinese? does it mean Taiwan has always been part of China? let alone the 3 million people that KMT took to Taiwan that Chiang didn’t kill all speak mandarin also. Please enlighten me.
i do have a cantonese friend here, her mother speaks minnan so she also speaks minnan dialect, she told me in parts of Taiwan people speak minnan, what does it mean?

I know the south is probably the worst but basically what I’m asking is, what placei n China has the least amount of dialect variations and English speakers, the place where people speak the closest to what is taught in textbooks?

I know many more Indian immigrants than Chinese immigrants where i live in the US, and it seems that India is coming up to be a modern country even faster than China, meaning more people will be needed to understand their language. So would learning the most common dialect of Indian be a good idea/better idea than learning Chinese?

Should I learn Cantonese or Mandarin?

I really like Hong Kong, and I want to move there. I have some knowledge in both dialects. I really like "unique" languages, but I am going into business… However, I really like Hong Kong, and Mandarin isn’t to "exciting"… Also, depending on your answer, could you please give some information on the dialect, and why you think I should learn that instead? THANKS!!

For mandarin speakers!?

How you feel if you can’t speak Cantonese?

I am not curious, i just want to research for myself.

I heard a lot of people tell me that it’s good to speak both Chinese dialects if you a chinese. Cantonese is not a important dialect in China, but the more languages you learn, the better your brain functions.

You see I speak Cantonese but i can’t speak Mandarin and believe me, Mandarin is not an easy language to learn.

Taiwan has its own military, its own legal system, its own currency, its own political parties, its own elections, it issues its own visas and passports, and in addition to speaking Mandarin, many Taiwanese also speak a dialect not spoken in mainland China.

So what is up with people not thinking that it is its own independent country?

Taiwan has its own military, its own legal system, its own currency, its own political parties, its own elections, it issues its own visas and passports, and in addition to speaking Mandarin, many Taiwanese also speak a dialect not spoken in mainland China.

So what is up with people not thinking that it is its own independent country?

Taiwan used to have their own dialect of Taiwanese Hokkien(Min Nan).

1. When and why did Mandarin(Putonghua) become a dominant language in Taiwan?

2. Do the older generations in Taiwan still speak Taiwanese Hokkien better than Mandarin?

3. How well do the younger generations in Taiwan speak Taiwanese Hokkien? Do they learn Taiwanhua at school?

If Cantonese was the oldest form of dialect that exists in China, why is Mandarin (a new dialect) considered the official language for China? Long time ago, EVERYONE speaks Cantonese so shouldn’t Cantonese be the official language for China???

Can someone help with the pronunciation?

Can someone help with the pronunciation?
This is a song in CHinese.

I know how to pronounce it in MANDARIN, but not in HOKKIEN (which is the local dialect in Taiwan.)

Can someone please write down using English letters the Hokkien pronunciation of this song?

First to do so gets 10 points, thanks!

望春風﹕原收錄“鄧麗君轟動東南亞閩南語歌曲”(19… 專輯中﹐此曲於1933年發表﹐首唱為純純。
曲﹕鄧雨賢
詞﹕李臨秋

獨夜無伴守燈下 春風對面吹
十七八歲未出嫁 看著少年家
果然漂緻面肉白 誰家人子弟
想要問伊驚呆勢 心內彈琵琶

想要郎君做尪婿 意愛在心內
等待何時君來採 青春花當開
聽見外面有人來 開門甲看覓
月娘笑阮憨大呆 被風騙不知
BTW if the text appears funny (like squares and question marks), it means your PC doesnt have the necessary Chinese fonts.

so yeah, which dialect?

why do you want to learn Mandarin?

I am thinking about learning Chinese (Mandarin), why do you people want to learn it, please give me a few reasons, and why do you want Mandarin rather than Cantonese or any other dialect? If I have more reasons to learn, I think I will learn it more hard.

could i speak and write/read natively in mandarin?

i am 14 and chinese so i think i am a little late to learn a language, especially my countrys language. but im learning it now and in 4 days of learning i know colors, numbers up to 100, and some basic stuff and some animals. could i speak and read/write natively in mandarin chinese?? i really want to because my parents can do that and do it in cantonese too. my parents and teachers say that i am learning really fast. i have past language experience, i know fuzhou dialect but only speak it, english fluently, 2 years of spanish and now mandarin.

I have a friend from university whose surname is "Wong" and his parents are from Guangzhou. Which dialect of Chinese does he most likely speak? I want to learn some phrases in that dialect to surprise him.

Should I learn Mandarin or Cantonese?

I want to take a nightschool class this fall to learn either Mandarin or Cantonese, and I don’t know which one is more accepted or what the difference is between the two. My learning is simply for conversational use, and I may be traveling to Hong Kong or mainland China. I also want to eventually teach English to Chinese. If this information helps, can you please tell me which dialect is better to learn? Thanks!

I’m an English-speaking Asian-American and was hoping to get a translation of this phrase. As it is slang, I can’t just translate it on Chinese-English translation sites. If possible I would love to have the phonetic version as well. I’m looking for a specific set of words it sounds like "lo lee bah so"

I believe it’s either Mandarin or a dialect of Taiwanese. Thanks!

I am going to learn together with my mom some Mandarin.
But i am wondering if you can also understand Cantonese if you learn Mandarin?
Its only a dialect after all.

Is it easier to learn Mandarin or Cantonese first?

Since Mandarin Chinese is taught more and more in schools, I’ve noticed there are many more resources to learn Mandarin Chinese as opposed to Cantonese Chinese.

For Mandarin Chinese speakers, was it difficult for you to learn Cantonese? And Cantonese speakers, was it difficult to learn Mandarin? I understand that the dialects pretty much share the same written system for the most part, but I was wondering if one dialect is easier to learn than the other.