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to wish that MN had done a Cantonese guide...

(17 Posts)
ummingandahhing Fri 31-Jan-14 00:05:17

instead of a Mandarin one?

Seeing as a large majority of Chinese speakers in this country are Cantonese speakers and not Mandarin ones?

kreecherlivespstairs Fri 31-Jan-14 05:44:54

Probably a litttle U if I'm going to be honest. I haven't seen the guide though.

Mikkii Fri 31-Jan-14 06:23:27

And if I had seen the guide I'd be none the wiser as I don't speak either!

meditrina Fri 31-Jan-14 07:13:40


Do you mean the slogan pun?

PorkPieandPickle Fri 31-Jan-14 08:10:42

I read the title and thought this thread was going to be about a takeaway review blush

DandyDindie Fri 31-Jan-14 14:32:59

Cantonese and mandarin are the same language as written characters, only the pronounciation changes. Any Cantonese speakers can read mandarin

JingJangro Fri 31-Jan-14 14:34:50

Hey, its Lunar New Year today in Korea!

새해 복 많이 받으세요!!!

Plumpcious Fri 31-Jan-14 15:12:24

The guide is here:

I don't understand your objection. Surely the guide is aimed at English-speaking people? Cantonese-speakers would be able to translate the English phrases into Cantonese themselves (assuming they can speak/read English, otherwise why would they be on this site in the first place).

MrsTerryPratchett Fri 31-Jan-14 15:14:50

I'm going to China in two months. Why is bloody 'gin' so long and difficult to say? <misses the point>

DandyDindie Fri 31-Jan-14 17:11:17

Ha Ha Mrs P
Don't worry gin is only available in vair posh hotels and they'll speak english.
If your budget doesn't stretch to international hotel gin prices, try Bai Jou the local rice wine - its a true cultural experience!

MrsTerryPratchett Fri 31-Jan-14 17:36:55

Thanks Dandy. I must make sure to earn that word. And toilet.

softlysoftly Fri 31-Jan-14 17:39:37

Dandy pretty much just passed on your chips with that post op.

<<has nothing to add>>

ummingandahhing Fri 31-Jan-14 19:16:27

But the guide is teaching non-Chinese people to speak Mandarin as opposed to Cantonese which is the main spoken dialect of Chinese people in this country.

JacqueslePeacock Fri 31-Jan-14 19:21:31

I don't think Cantonese is the main spoken dialect of Chinese people in the UK anymore.

RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 31-Jan-14 19:21:49

Hi all,

Thanks for the feedback and apologies to the Cantonese speakers.

We thought it would be a bit of fun and a nice nod to the Chinese New Year and one MNHQer's DF speaks Mandarin .

Maybe next year we will look at extending it to include Cantonese.

ummingandahhing Fri 31-Jan-14 19:44:51

Yay! RebeccaMumsnet

JacqueslePeacock, yes it still is!

granny24 Fri 31-Jan-14 20:04:40

I read the title and thought it was a variation of a Brazilian that I was too old to have heard of

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