Learning Chinese

Intel bitfenix
May 21 19 Comments

Title says it all. I want to learn Chinese, hut I'm not sure whether to learn Mandarin, which is more widely used, or Cantonese which has more business applications.

Once I chose, what is the best resource to leverage?

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TOP 19 Comments
  • Twitch / Biz Dev OWL#1Deal
    Wait. Not sure why Cantonese is more useful for business... Unless you're dealing exclusively with Hong Kong or the Guangdong province.

    Most of China speaks mandarin
    May 21 0
  • Warning. If you learn Chinese, you will find out all the shit Chinese managers talk about their directs.
    May 21 0
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  • Uber / Eng mH7bSe
    Yeah Cantonese, so that you will be able to bargain a few dollars off while shopping at Chinatown?
    LOL
    Not worth it.
    May 21 0
  • Twitch / Biz Dev OWL#1Deal
    Cantonese is spoken by people in Hong Kong, and people in Guangdong province. Happens to be that 20 years ago, most business with China was done with Hong Kong. Nowadays, Not so much
    May 21 0
  • Why does Cantonese have more business applications?
    May 21 4
    • Intel bitfenix
      OP
      See I don't know the reason why, that's just what I've been reading in searching around for this. Is Cantonese just more formal, so you find it spoken in more business settings? 🤷‍♂️
      May 21
    • no
      May 21
    • Go for Mandarin. Cantonese speakers understand Mandarin but not vice versa
      May 21
    • HBO AnuN65
      Cantonese is a regional dialect and, although widely spoken outside China as well as a majority language in Guangdong providence (including “Chinese Silicon Valley”), it has unofficial status from the government, which will attempt to reduce its influence over time. You’re not going to lose any business leverage by speaking Mandarin over Cantonese. It’s also more difficult to learn.

      Mandarin is the simpler path, unless you find a personal connection to a Cantonese-speaking region or person.
      May 22
  • Facebook ⭕w⭕
    Best way to learn: Either get a Chinese gf / bf, or live in China for at least a few months (or both).
    May 21 3
    • Qualcomm / Eng dynasty001
      I tried that. Chinese girls usually dont like dating out of their race (whites excluded). Better for OP if he can a chinese-american. Much more open
      May 21
    • Facebook ⭕w⭕
      I didn't really distinguish between the two, but sure best would be a Chinese-American who didn't forget it all.
      May 21
    • Qualcomm / Eng dynasty001
      Yeah. I have many close chinese american friends who date/have dated Indians etc., but my chinese fob friends specifically said they would rather date chinese/korean (kpop effect)/ white . Which makes sense if you think about it.
      May 21
  • Grab newusrnm
    Mandarin, no brainer. Anyway you should know that you won’t be fluent unless you live in China.
    May 21 0
  • Amazon / Data EKMr40
    definitely Mandarin. no one speaks Cantonese outside of China town. all Chinese business partners from big companies speak Mandarin, I bet your Chinese coworkers too
    May 21 0
  • Twitch / Biz Dev OWL#1Deal
    Who the hell is going to teach you Cantonese anyway? That's like saying you want to learn quebecois French. Who the fuck is going to hand hold you through the process?
    May 21 0
  • Osmo CPvv05
    Go for Mandarin, simply because more people speak it.
    May 21 0
  • Broadcom Ltd. ilb
    Mandarin
    May 21 0