Did You Lose a Child or a Shoe? – The Curse of Too Many Dialects

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3 thoughts on “Did You Lose a Child or a Shoe? – The Curse of Too Many Dialects

  1. Just take a look here and find out that Chinese has many dialects. Is it like American English and British English? Which dialects should I learn first then? Do Mandarin have so many characters? Well, it might be a bit difficult then but it will be fun.

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    • Don’t worry! The two major dialects are Mandarin and Cantonese. Cantonese is mostly spoken in the South and in Hong Kong while Mandarin is spoken all over…so if you are going to learn Chinese, you should learn Mandarin. While there are many other dialects, Mandarin is the commonly-spoken one. The other dialects are usually only found in certain regions.

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