https://www.duolingo.com/Ranmachan4

Cantonese, please!

Does anyone know if they are going to be putting out Cantonese or any other Chinese dialects any time soon?

August 27, 2018

21 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Jason441147

"Duolingo uses at the moment Mandarin Chinese as Duo's Chinese language. They may not teach any other Chinese languages in a mid-term future or even long-term." https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/15014194

August 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/giantmood

The least they could do is label it as Mandarin instead of plain Chinese. In a community full of language buffs we shouldn't be sloppy about this sort of thing.

August 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Semeltin

Personally, I dislike the name "Mandarin" for Standard Chinese/普通话/国语. There used to be a Mandarin in the past (the language the Chinese mandarins used) but the official language today is not descended from that Mandarin but is based on the Beijing dialect.

August 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/giantmood

I guess Putonghua would be a better name for it but it's not nearly as well-known. I don't think most English speakers even know that "Mandarin" and language diversity in China are a thing.

August 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Semeltin

But why not "Standard Chinese"? The term is even in use.

August 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/J_Chen_

There is currently no Cantonese on Duolingo. At least not now. A post made by RobinCard hinted that Cantonese is coming to Duolingo! My first language was Mandarin and Fuzhou dialect (I learned them at the same time). I think the problem is that the characters are the same, and they would have to branch out from the already existing Chinese tree. Either that or they would have to make an entirely new tree.

August 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Kiwi_H

I am a native Cantonese speaker, also speak Mandarin. I believed that Duolingo have to create a new Cantonese tree, coz a lot of words in Cantonese is not the exactly same as Mandarin Chinese.

August 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Mr.rM
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You mean that clickbait for advertising a browser extention? Even that poster was not sure about this matter. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Only the staff know.

August 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/J_Chen_

Right, I forgot to check. I thought it was actually coming. Everyone has their moments!

August 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ed.Chan

Drops has Cantonese https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.languagedrops.drops.international

Clozemaster has Cantonese too, but this looked too hard for me. https://www.clozemaster.com/

August 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/vinashu

Cantonese, please!

March 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/wondermy

Hi I would also like to have another Chinese dialects especially cantonese! Follow me and see if I can create a course for that!

March 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Raachel.T

Cantonese is actually a spoken language, written as the same as Chinese. So the only difference is the spoken bit.

August 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Semeltin

[Sorry, I may have misunderstood you because I thought you meant that the differences were in the pronunciation. Apparently most Cantonese speakers usually don't write in Cantonese these days but in Standard Chinese. So you are right. If you do write in Cantonese, though, my point applies.]

No, it isn't. The traditional characters are used for the Cantonese words, which isn't that important but then you also write in Cantonese with them.
You could read Cantonese with another language's pronunciation because the characters allow that. If you did that though, many words wouldn't exist and many sentences wouldn't make any sense.

August 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ed.Chan

This is the only active Chinese channel I have for Ben Hedges. All Chinese too, no English 老外看中國、老外看台灣 | A Laowai's View of China & Taiwan | 郝毅博 Ben Hedges https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZZslGLyRd2rbnF07SVoouA

August 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/PlatonicBliss

Technically, I believe Vietnamese is related to Chinese. Therefore, Vietnamese is, from a linguistic point of view, a Chinese dialect (Or should I say, Chinese Mandarin is a dialect of Vietnamese?). What is this dialect thing, anyway? Perhaps I shouldn't get into how dialect is a geo/ethnic/political abstract model more than a science! Cantonese and Mandarin are mutually unintelligible but we call them dialects? Yet Serbian and Croatian are considered two different languages, with two different writing systems, yet the speakers can understand each other (though these same speakers may deny it because of political and ethnic reasons)? Dialect can be a tricky term, yes?

October 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/giantmood

Vietnamese is most definitely not a dialect of Mandarin. By your logic French is a dialect of Spanish and English is a German dialect.

You are right, however, in saying that the definition of a dialect is tricky and often related to political reasons. The reason why Cantonese is still considered a dialect is due to historical oppression of Canto speakers and the prestige placed on Mandarin which endures today. Otherwise it's got its own vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar structures etc. and isn't mutually intelligible with Mandarin and from a technical standpoint it could be argued that it's a distinct related language, much like how Japanese is related to Mandarin.

October 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Carmen_Chiem

Vietnamese sounds more like French since the French conquered Vietnam for so long. Chinese sounds nothing like Vietnamese. I like to compare Vietnamese to pausing and playing a video every second and stitching the sounds together (basically nonsense).

February 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LingYueV

Cantonese is the REAL Chinese Language

August 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Semeltin

Why, though? It's spoken by fewer people. It has twice as many tones as Chinese used to have.
You could argue that Wu Chinese languages are the real Chinese because they are the only ones that retain voiced stops or make some other arbitrary judgment. :)

August 28, 2018
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