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Why does Cantonese sound vaguely British?

Mandarin has a strong R sound like American English “car”. But Cantonese doesn’t have an R sound. The Cantonese vowel eoi sounds very similar to British English long O. But neither Mandarin Chinese ...
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how do dialects deal with two seperate falling tones accents?

In essence, if I understand you correctly, you are asking for a standard for romanisation of tone diacritics. The straightforward answer of course is that each system has its own standard: Hanyu ...
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Why Cantonese is considered as a dialect of Chinese?

I had asked a similar question, comparing the actual similarity of Cantonese and Hakka. You can look it up if interested. user3306356 's answer inspired me to answer this question. In my opinion, ...
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Do Southern Chinese speakers have any greater propensity towards using 啦 than Northern Chinese speakers?

So do southerners actually say 啦 with any greater frequency? Yes. Cantonese people and their excessive usage of 啦 is already a widely known stereotype. I've never heard Singaporean Mandarin, but ...
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How is non-standard Cantonese spoken by some mainland Chinese speakers different from "standard" pronunciation?

Actually, HK's Cantonese is not the standard of Yue Chinese. The standard is in Guangzhou (and around, like Foshan). Second, there are many many dialects of Cantonese, and you could say that every ...
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How is non-standard Cantonese spoken by some mainland Chinese speakers different from "standard" pronunciation?

Edit: Sorry that I misunderstood the question. I thought Maroon was talking about non-native Cantonese speakers. Most native Mandarin speakers have trouble handling the rising (上聲) and departing ...
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Accent on "dou1" (all) after a subject

Yes this is correct. 都 dōu is most commonly encountered as an adverb, and fits into the pre-verbal position shared by adverbs of manner (e.g. 慢慢 mànmàn). It has a stronger link in prosody to the verb ...
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How "bad" is a Taiwanese accent on the mainland?

It is not "bad" at all. People speak mandarin in Mainland China and Taiwan can understand each other without difficulty. There are some word usages differences though, but usually it is not a ...
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Why does Cantonese sound vaguely British?

Probably because HK was a British colony. I did notice that HK Cantonese sounds differently compared to Cantonese in Guangdong, China. Personally I only feel it's softer but I don't know if it is ...
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Do any Chinese languages or dialects contain a rolled/trilled R?

According to this map there are some Chinese languages in which the trill r is present.
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Accent on "dou1" (all) after a subject

I totally agree with Michaelyus's answer. I would like to add that, in examples like in your questions, if you remove 都, the meaning is still the same. The noun itself has included implicit "all" in ...
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how do dialects deal with two seperate falling tones accents?

It seems to me that in each pair of tones you provided, the first of them is 去声 and the second of them is 入声. So they're two different tones rather than different ways of accentuation.
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Chinese words for "accent"

If you have London accent, it means, you have London 口音. it is nature.----- If you talk like a manager, it means, you have manager 腔调, i.e. you want to command others, you have no accent, but you have ...
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