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About Cantonese In Malaysia
by Miss Lim Mandarin (MAMA)
Friday, 9 December 2022
Cantonese is a dialect of Chinese that is spoken by many people in Malaysia. It is one of the most widely-spoken languages in the country, along with Malay and English. Cantonese speakers can be found in urban areas such as Kuala Lumpur, as well as in many smaller towns and villages throughout Malaysia.
Cantonese has a long history in Malaysia. Many early Chinese immigrants to the country were from Guangdong province, where Cantonese is the dominant language. These immigrants brought their language with them and it has been passed down through the generations. Today, Cantonese is an important part of the cultural heritage of many Malaysian Chinese families.
In Malaysia, Cantonese is used for daily communication among speakers of the language. It is also used in the media, including in television programs and radio shows. Many Chinese schools in Malaysia teach Cantonese as a second language, along with Mandarin and English.
Despite its widespread use in Malaysia, Cantonese faces some challenges. One of these challenges is the increasing dominance of Mandarin, which is the official language of China and is also spoken by many people in Malaysia. This has led to some younger Cantonese speakers switching to Mandarin as their primary language.
Another challenge is the presence of other Chinese dialects in Malaysia. Many Chinese immigrants to Malaysia have come from other parts of China and speak dialects such as Hokkien or Hakka. This has led to a situation where many Cantonese speakers are not able to communicate with speakers of these other dialects.
Despite these challenges, Cantonese remains an important part of the linguistic landscape of Malaysia. It is a rich and vibrant language that is used by many people in the country, and it continues to play a significant role in the cultural identity of the Malaysian Chinese community.
Miss Lim has coached over 5000+ students in learning Malaysian Mandarin. She is a certified HRDCorp trainer and able to speak 5 languages which are Mandarin, Hokkien, Bahasa Malaysia, English, and Cantonese.
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