Do they speak Mandarin or Cantonese in Shanghai?

Do they speak Mandarin or Cantonese in Shanghai?

Since Shanghai is in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the official language of the city is standard Mandarin Chinese, also known as Putonghua. However, the traditional language of the Shanghai region is Shanghainese, which is a dialect of Wu Chinese which is not mutually intelligible with Mandarin Chinese.

Does Hong Kong speak Mandarin or Cantonese?

Hong Kong’s recent census report states that Mandarin is the second language most spoken on the island following Cantonese. Cantonese remains dominant with 96% percent. As for Mandarin, 48% of Hong Kong’s population can speak it, compared to 46% of population that can speak English.

Is Mandarin spoken in Shanghai?

As a rule, people can speak Mandarin in Shanghai and every other city in China. Mandarin is the “lingua franca” of modern Chinese society.

Is Hong Kong Cantonese different from China Cantonese?

In Hong Kong, people only use 士多啤梨 while Cantonese speakers from mainland China use 草莓. In a nutshell, HK Cantonese and GZ Cantonese can partly be distinguished by the pronunciation, but most of the time by the words they use since people in Hong Kong make an extensive use of English.

Do you speak Mandarin or Cantonese in Hong Kong?

Many Cantonese speakers who live in or originate from Hong Kong may not speak Mandarin. And some make a point of not speaking Mandarin, due to various political and sociolinguistic issues that I will not detail here.

Why do people in Shanghai speak Mandarin dialect?

Not both, the people of Shanghai speak more Mandarin dialect. One of the reasons is because Mandarin is the official language in China, so automatically, the Shanghai people also have to understand and learn it, at least to some level. The Shanghai and Mandarin dialects have several differences.

Which is the most spoken language in Hong Kong?

It surprised me that the most sought-after schools in Hong Kong taught in English or Mandarin, rather than Cantonese, which is the default language for nearly the entire population.

How many people in the world speak Mandarin?

Besides, if we are to believe the statistics, there are around 900 million native speakers of Mandarin. No other Chinese language comes close in terms of number of speakers. There are exceptions to this rule. Many Cantonese speakers who live in or originate from Hong Kong may not speak Mandarin.