Vaucluse wrote:Just wondering, earthfriendly - how do you communicate to Chinese in the US, most of whom are Cantonese, in Mandarin? Even less so for the following generations?
you know a little about chinese ,now ,chinese in usa speaking mandrine take up majority part ,even catonese ,they understand mandrien easily ,
becos it is just a dialect of mandrine.
You really have no clue, do you?
Firstly, migrants from Canton or HK, living in the US (irrespective of which generation) cannot speak Mandarin, or just a tiny bit - they definitely do not do so easily.
My wife is Hokkien speaking and lived in the valley a few years - she had to communicate with SF Chinese in English or the little Canto she can speak. (She is fluent in Manadarin - they couldn't/can't speak it)
Why do you think the PRC has made it compulsory to teach and enforce Mandarin thoughout the country? BECAUSE ONE REGION CANNOT UNDERSTAND THE NEXT AND THEY WANT/NEED TO MAKE MANDARIN THE LINGUA FRANCA IN CHINA.
Where do you get this idea that dialects are so similar to the root language?
Do you even know what you are talking about or do you just write nonsense and expect people to believe you?
As Eric said . . . . yup!
(Thanks, mate - we agree on this dude, he seems to get worse from one post to the next)