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6 years ago
THE SPOKEN LANGUAGE It differs from Mandarin as much as French differs from Spanish. Speakers of both dia- lects can read Chinese characters, but a Cantonese speaker will pronounce words very differently. Cantonese also has a more complex tone system than Mandarin, boast- ing at least seven tones compared with Mandarin’s four. Dialects 501 L A N G U A G E © Lonely Planet Publications
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