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Make friends with Cantonese and talk with them every day. It is a direct and effective way. Speaking Cantonese need to think in Cantonese instead of Mandarin. Mandarin can't make you understand Cantonese at all. Cantonese evolved from ancient Chinese but Mandarin was influenced by Tungus deeply. Though them use the same Chinese characters but their ...


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Old post, but those answers make the language hobbyist in me cry, so... Are you willing to pay for the privilege? If you are, I recommend Complete Cantonese from Teach Yourself, Basic Cantonese from Routledge, Colloquial Cantonese, and if you want something fun to start with then the Berlitz Cantonese phrasebook with CD. And a heads up, you want something ...


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I can throw in my personal experience here. It is, without doubt, much easier to learn one and then the other. I learned Japanese before I learned Chinese, having studied for about 2 years before properly taking up Chinese (before that point I toyed with the idea and did some research, but never anything serious or long-term). The areas it's has helped are, ...



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