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Languages in Guangdong

There are three main dialects in Guangdong. Cantonese vernacular is widely spoken in the main areas of northern Guangdong and the Pearl River Delta areas. Hakka is spoken in Meizhou area by Hakka people. The people in Chaozhou and Shantou speak their own Chao-Shan luanguage mainly in eastern Guangdong like Jieyang and Shantou.

Cantonese Vernacular
Cantonese is spoken by about 66 million people mainly in the south east of China, particularly in Hong Kong, Macau, Guangdong, southern Guangxi and Hainan. It is also widely used in south-east Asian countries and among Overseas Chinese communities in many other countries.

InHong Kong and Macau, Cantonese is widely used in schools, though the students are taught to read and write standard Chinese, which they read with Cantonese accent. Cantonese is also the main official language in Hong Kong and Macau.

Cantonese has appeared in writing since the 19th century. It is used mainly in personal communications, diaries, comics, poetry, advertising, popular newspapers, magazines and to some extent in literature. There are two types of written Cantonese: a formal version and a spoken language version. The formal version is quite different from spoken Cantonese but very similiar to Standard Chinese and can be understood by Mandarin speakers without too much difficulty. The spoken language version is very close to spoken Cantonese and confused to Mandarin speakers.

In Hong Kong, Cantonese is written with a mixture of standard Chinese characters and over a thousand extra characters invented for Cantonese used only.

Hakka, also known as the Hakka dialect. Hakka dialect is one of seven main dialect in China. Hakka ancestors was the central plains of China and they settled in canton after the five great migration in the last thousand years. Generally believed that the Hakka dialect is the language of the late Tang Dynasty. Because of the influence the local languages of Guangdong and Fujian, and some minority languages, now the Hakka accents are not the same in different places. The main distribution of Hakka is in Guangdong, Jiangxi, Fujian, Guangxi, Taiwan, Sichuan, Zhejiang, Hunan and Hainan provinces.

Chao-Shan Luanguage
Chao-Shan is the shorthand of Chaozhou and Shantou. Chaozhou and Shantou is a linguistic and cultural region in the east of Guangdong. And the language used in Chaozhou and Shantou differs from the rest of Guangdong province, but similar to Minnan language used in Southern Fujian and Taiwan.,,,
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