Is there an official language in Hong Kong for now? what’s it?

I am looking forward to learn Mandarin Chinese in Hong Kong. Need to practice with people. Can any one suggest if there are any get-togethers happening in Hong Kong for langauge exchange?

I can speak English, Hindi, Japanese language.

Thank you,
Ajay

I want to learn Mandarin. Help?

Hi, well I am half Chinese. My mom is from Hong Kong and so I never have been exposed to the Mandarin language. I only have some knowledge of Cantonese, but I cannot speak it, I only understand it and that’s it.

I want to learn Mandarin, but what is some way to learn it? Also when people say they teach Mandarin, or some software that teaches Mandarin – do they just teach Standard Mandarin spoken in Beijing? Is there much difference between Beijing Mandarin and Shanghai Mandarin? Is it true that the Standard Mandarin that is spoken in Beijing is taking over in other regions and so the other dialects of Mandarin that are spoken in places like Suzhou, Shenzhen, etc. are not being spoken that much anymore by the young people living there?

How difficult is Mandarin to learn when comparing it to Indo-European languages such as French or English? And also what do you think is the most difficult thing about learning Mandarin? Are there any complicated things about how the language is structured?
Oh and also, how similar are Cantonese and Mandarin? Seeing as I can understand Cantonese, could that mean I would be able to understand a bit of Mandarin? Would it make it easier to learn the language?

Surely, from a business perspective, Cantonese is more useful? Yes, Mandarin is spoken by (way) more people, but you can’t deny that the most economically-booming places in China speak Cantonese (Hong Kong, Guangdong and Macau just to name a few). So why are foreigners being told time after time that it’s better to learn Mandarin?
@Mike: WORNG. Only 4% of Hong Kong speaks Mandarin.

Please answers from people who actually know what they’re talking about.
@Casey Y: WRONG. How are you top contributer? You can’t even perform a simple google search? Mandarin and Cantonese are completely, and utterly unintelligible. Simple google search before you spew out nonsense.
One last time: If you even NEED to google before answering, that means you DON’T know what you’re talkng about. And talking about it without even googling first is even MORE idiotic. Again, ONLY ANSWERS FROM PEOPLE WHO KNOW WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT.

What Mandarin accent(s) are these?

Earlier today I was on YouTube searching for videos where they speak Mandarin slowly and clearly (without any English translation because I wanted to focus just on how things are being pronounced) and I came across what look like Christian-related videos in Mandarin Chinese.

Now, I don’t need any translation. You don’t even have to listen to the whole thing, as long as you can tell me where the accents come from. I understand that within Mandarin there are different accents: Beijing, Tianjin, Harbin, Shanghai, Nanjing, Guangzhou/Hong Kong, Taipei, Hainan, etc.

Please tell me which region(s) of China these accents come from.
Thank you!

1) Male Narrator (8 min. 35 sec.)

2) Female Narrator (9 min. 11 sec.)

I can and did read the titles myself, thank you very much. But I wanted answers from native speakers.

i wasnt raised in hong kong, so im not sure whether people who have grown up and lived in hong kong speak mandarin or english better, because cantonese is the ordinary speaking language, but ppl there speak mandarin and english well too, very well in fact – im just not sure which one they speak better…ppl in tvb drtamas speak in mandarin and english well, but they speak a lot more english than mando, but in hong kong’s music scene singers release mandarin songs more than english songs, but mix in more english to their songs than mandarin into their cantonese songs. ohh im just bored which is why im asking :/ :s xx

Where to find Cantonese/Hong Kong drama shows?

I’ve been searching for sites that stream Cantonese/Hong Kong (not Mandarin Chinese) shows. I find them hard to find- I’m talking about excellent quality ones and working videos.

Anyone, know of something?

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!!

Who Knows Any great Cpop and Taiwanese Artists?

I want a list from this century…
Best answer= 10 points!
They can be from Hong Kong and speak Mandarin.

Should I learn Mandarin Chinese?

Hi. I am currently in high-school. My parents are from Hong Kong and speak Cantonese but my father has learned to speak Mandarin. I know how to speak Cantonese but don’t know how to read it at all save for my name and the numbers 1 to 3. Is Chinese really that hard to learn or does it just take time which makes people think it is hard? I am motivated to learn it for various reasons. I am willing to devote necessary effort to it. Would it be recommended I learn it at my age or wait until I am older?

Do teenager in Taiwan speak English a lot?

I’m learning Mandarin right now bt i cant even hold a conversation yet,so i was hoping in taipei or taiwan most teenager speak english ;]
and i’m about to go aboard its easy to make friend over there ?
Or is Hong kong Better?

How many speak mandarin in Hong Kong universities?

I’m thinking abut going on exchange to HKUST for a semester during my degree. Not just because I want to learn mandarin, but because I like Hong Kong and they have an engineering agreement with my university. However, I have learned some mandarin and would like to keep learning when I’m there. I do not want to go to the mainland because I know how bad many of their universites are, and I’m not good enough to do engineering in Chinese.

Even though they speak catonese in Hong Kong, HKUST offer mandarin courses that I can take. How common is it for people to know mandarin at campus and also want to speak it with me? I have heard there is a lot of mainland people going to Hong Kong to study, so I can practice with them. Is that right?

I grew up in a family that spoke Taishanese (dialect of Cantonese). As I grew older, I stopped being able to speak it although I understand it functionally. Unfortunately, I can’t understand the Cantonese they speak in Guangzhou and Hong Kong. I’m taking college classes in Mandarin right now and I have a pretty good interest in relearning my native dialect… if I learned Mandarin well enough, would it help me at all with knowledge of Cantonese? I know those two languages are fairly different… but still, I still notice many similarities with slightly different tones and pronunciations.

What language is primarily spoken in Hong Kong?

If one speaks only English could they live in Hong Kong without and language difficulties? What if they spoke Mandarin Chinese? Or does one have to speak Cantonese Chinese to live in Hong Kong?

Fastest way to learn Mandarin!?

I’m Chinese from Hong Kong residing in Canada, I’ve been here since I was three so my Cantonese isn’t as fluent as I’d like it to be…. but it’s usable. The problem is, everyone of my friends speak Mandarin and it makes me really want to learn it. I can’t read/write Chinese but I’m mainly focusing on conversational Mandarin anyways but, learning to read/write wouldn’t be a bad thing. Are there any really good online class (it doesn’t have to be free)?
I would also like to purchase some books from Chapters and was wondering if there were any really good ones?
Thanks a lot!

What's the best way to learn Mandarin Chinese?

Well, I’m a high school student and most likely won’t be able to visit China any time soon, so what are other ways I can learn?

Are there any websites/programs out there that have native speakers say something?
Also, what is the best way to memorize characters. I’m having a hard time remembering how to write them.

Should I learn simplified Mandarin and traditional? I want to visit China in the future. Are there any benefits to learning both? From what I understand, Traditional is only used in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Thank you :))

Does Jackies Chan speaks cantonese or mandarin in his movies? Like in Armor of God, y’know, all of his movies he used to make with Sammo Hung in Hong Kong. So which one does he speaks?

Difficult to learn cantonese if u know mandarin?

okay so im just curious. I already posted a question wondering if I would be learning Mandarin or Cantonese in high school and it seems like its more likely that I’ll be learning Mandarin (which I had guessed) and I was wondering how dif they are..i found some people that were saying cantonese is harder than mandrain, and stuff like that so im curious as to how different..someone also reminded me that they use the same characters but besides that it would be like trying to know spanish as a native english speaker…..so i was just curious as to the difference..i wanna learn canto more than mandarin cuz my fam was from Hong Kong but i figured it would help to have a little experience than having none..and im going to HK in two years as a 10th grader for a church student exchange prgram..would I be able to learn Mandarin and then learn Canto online and have a little less difficulty? i wanna be as good as I can at both languages as I am more interested in Asia than Europe becuz of my roots…thnx!

Should I learn Mandarin or Cantonese?

I want to learn either Mandarin or Cantonese. I want a language that will give me an edge, will impress employers and that will be useful to me in the future. Mandarin appears to fit these descriptors.

I’ve heard Mandarin is easier to learn, more common in most of China and has more resources to help learn it. It’s also supposed to be increasing in popularity.

The only reason I’m even wondering which I should learn is because I have an inexplicable liking for Hong Kong. I also think Cantonese seems more fun. At some point, I’ll want to give up learning such a difficult language, but maybe if I’m more interested in it I’ll be more likely to stick with it.

If I were ever to become fluent enough in one, I would be interested in knowing the basics of the other one.

How difficult to learn Cantonese after Mandarin?

okay so im just curious. I already posted a question wondering if I would be learning Mandarin or Cantonese in high school and it seems like its more likely that I’ll be learning Mandarin (which I had guessed) and I was wondering how dif they are..i found some people that were saying cantonese is harder than mandrain, and stuff like that so im curious as to how different..someone also reminded me that they use the same characters but besides that it would be like trying to know spanish as a native english speaker…..so i was just curious as to the difference..i wanna learn canto more than mandarin cuz my fam was from Hong Kong but i figured it would help to have a little experience than having none..and im going to HK in two years as a 10th grader for a church student exchange prgram..would I be able to learn Mandarin and then learn Canto online and have a little less difficulty? i wanna be as good as I can at both languages as I am more interested in Asia than Europe becuz of my roots…thnx!

What do most people speak in Hong Kong?

I am chinese born in the U.S and one day I maybe want to live in Hong Kong because it looks so nice, I speak english and is learning mandarin but will that be enough? I’ve heard most people there speak cantonese and I can’t understand that.

Hi,
I’m non-Chinese. I am able to speak Cantonese fairly. Now, i am planning to look for a new job in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, i see MANDARIN as the requirement in almost every job search. Looking at this situation, i guess i must start to learn MANDARIN soon. But the problem is …….. if i learn MANDARIN, i need to find someone in Hong Kong with whom i can have MANDARIN practical conversation. Well, i guess it’s a very hard and difficult idea for me to find MANDARIN SPEAKER in Hong Kong since i know no Chinese people in Hong Kong … !!! The only i can expect is through … by my question viewers like YOU and INTERNET SURFING.

I know quite a few Germans who can do that
Hung Sinlaan, if I’m not wrong, you’re a Honkie and Hong Kong is a part of China!

Hong Kong is my all time favorite place. I would LOVE to work there. I’m a White American, currently studying International Relations. I used to live in Taiwan, so I can speak Mandarin very well, almost fluently. I’d love to work in Hong Kong doing… well… something. However, do you think I would need to speak Cantonese? Or, are there a lot of Chinese/Taiwanese companies over there that I could work with?

Would you rather learn Mandarin or Cantonese?

just a random poll…
@Natasha or anyone else
Really? Canto is being outlawed? What? Can someone give me more info on this? I’m going to Hong Kong next year, and I’m a Canto speaker.

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!

Should I learn Mandarin or Cantonese?

I’m an American attorney and want to be able to do business in China. Would it be better to learn Mandarin or Cantonese?
Also, does it make a difference if I want to work in Hong Kong?

I’m from Hong Kong. I can’t speak Mandarin at all. I only know Cantonese and English.

If I wanted to move to Shanghai, what would I be able to do? Or would it be very pointless and nobody will employ you if you can’t speak Mandarin?

I don’t have a university degree yet, but I am studying right now in England. But I’m just thinking like when I finish university what I want to do. I will probably stay in HK, but am just curious as to what it would be like to move to Shanghai?

I know Cantonese(粵語) is the most widely spoken language in Hong Kong.
Many Hong Kong people speak Cantonese as their first language.

Then what is Hong Kong people’s second language?
Is it English or Mandarin(Putonghua普通話)?
Which language do Hong Kong people generally speak better?

Should I learn Mandarin or Cantonese?

I would like to learn Chinese but I am *COMPLETELY* clueless about which is more important, Cantonese or Mandarin?
I heard in Hong Kong they speak Cantonese and i mean Hong Kong is a popular place… but in Mainland China they speak Mandarin, so I am just confused totally on which language is more important…. please help?

Should I learn Mandarin or Cantonese?

I would like to learn Chinese but I am *COMPLETELY* clueless about which is more important, Cantonese or Mandarin?
I heard in Hong Kong they speak Cantonese and i mean Hong Kong is a popular place… but in Mainland China they speak Mandarin, so I am just confused totally on which language is more important…. please help?

they will two reaction:
its either they get stunned by me asking them in mandarin
or they will just reply me back in english (which i dont mind at all)

Too bad i cant speak cantonese if im not mistaken speaking mandarin is sort of look down upon?
is hokkien popular dialet in Hong Kong?
I’m asian but mandarin is not my native language..i can converse in hokkien also but i doubt most of the hong kong people speaks hokkien

I’m not fluent in Mandarin Chinese, but it did sound like it. Correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t people in Hong Kong speak Cantonese?

I am asking people who live in Hong Kong or take classes there if people on the street, in stores, or restaurants speak Mandarin.I know Cantonese is the official language I am simply asking that if I learn Mandarin in Hong Kong will I be able to use it outside the classroom?

If not I might go to polluted Beijing.

they will two reaction:
its either they get stunned by me asking them in mandarin
or they will just reply me back in english (which i dont mind at all)

Too bad i cant speak cantonese if im not mistaken speaking mandarin is sort of look down upon?
is hokkien popular dialet in Hong Kong?
btw my mandarin is not heavily accented like the china people..

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