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Can Mandarin Speakers Read Cantonese
by Miss Lim Mandarin (MAMA)
Friday, 16 December 2022
Mandarin and Cantonese are two closely related Chinese languages that are often confused by non-native speakers. While they are similar in many ways, they are also quite different, and it is not always possible for Mandarin speakers to understand or read Cantonese.
One of the main differences between Mandarin and Cantonese is the way they are written. Mandarin uses characters known as Hanzi to represent words, and the same characters are used to write both Mandarin and Cantonese. However, the way these characters are pronounced is different in Mandarin and Cantonese, and this can make it difficult for Mandarin speakers to understand written Cantonese.
Another difference is the grammar and sentence structure of the two languages. While both Mandarin and Cantonese use the subject-verb-object sentence structure, the way this structure is used can be different in the two languages. For example, in Mandarin, the verb is typically placed at the end of the sentence, while in Cantonese, the verb may be placed at the beginning or the end of the sentence. This can make it difficult for Mandarin speakers to understand spoken Cantonese.
Overall, while Mandarin and Cantonese are similar in many ways, they are also quite different, and it is not always possible for Mandarin speakers to understand or read Cantonese. Mandarin speakers may be able to understand some written or spoken Cantonese, but it is not a guarantee, and it may require some effort and practice to understand the language.
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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