Learn Cantonese

Cantonese is the standard form of Yue Chinese and is the official language of Hong Kong and Macau. It is also a lingua franca in parts of mainland China, specifically the areas of Guangdong and Guangzhou. Cantonese has six tones which can completely change the meaning of a word. It shares a lot of its vocabulary with Mandarin but speakers of these languages cannot understand each other. uTalk helps you learn Cantonese as it is spoken in Hong Kong by over 95% of the population.

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Where Is It Spoken?

Hong Kong

Macau

China

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Number Of Speakers

120,000,000

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Sinitic

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Fun facts about Cantonese

One phrase used to express annoyance is 'puk gai' 踣街 meaning 'fall on the street' similar to 'damn!' in English.

Swearing is so common among Cantonese speakers that there used to be laws in Hong Kong prohibiting the use of swear words in certain public areas!

The Cantonese version of 'it's all Greek to me' translates as 'chicken's intestines'.

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