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Old 08-31-2012, 04:43 PM
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I am a native speaker of Cantonese, and I speak with no accent (in relation to Hong Kongers). However, to Guangzhouers, I have a quintissential Hong Kong accent.

Before my teen years, when I was introduced to Jyutping, I thought Cantonese didn't have any "n" initials, because in Hong Kong "n" initials are pronounced as "l." Also, I didn't know how to pronounce the "ng" initial because everyone in Hong Kong dropped the "ng" initial and pronounced only the following vowel sound. When "ng" was "唔" or "呉" I pronounced it as "m" as in "Mmmm."

Sometimes, I would also leave out the "ng" even when it was a final. For example, I said "Han Sen" Bank instead of "Hang Seng" Bank. Again, everyone in HK pronounced it like that.

Finally, I got confused with k-, t-, and p- finals sometimes; e.g. I pronounced "ink" (墨) as "mut" rather than "muk." (Sorry, romanizations are approximate).

I've been told that Guangzhouers also have a somewhat different diction from Hong Kongers. Do you have any examples? I have never lived in Guangzhou.

Are there any other phonetic differences between the two accents? Any other distinctive accents in Guangdong/Guangxi that are still in Cantonese?
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Old 08-31-2012, 06:27 PM
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Why are you confused about this? There is no such thing as "standard Cantonese" in the first place. Cantonese speakers in different places all speak slightly different version of the dialect.

It is very well known that HK Cantonese is different from Guangzhou Cantonese. Even in Guangdong province, accents are different depending on the area.

Guangxi Province has 6 different dialects and Cantonese is one of them, covering one third of the province. Cantonese in Guangxi is similar to Guangzhou Cantonese (mutually understandable) but there are many differences as well.
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:58 AM
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Check out the movie House of 72 Tenants..

I believe the original movie was made with a Guangdong production while the newer version (1973) was the Hong Kong version from the Shaw Brothers production. Since you're a native speaker, you probably can see the difference in accents.




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Old 09-06-2012, 11:01 PM
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can you understand full Taishan / Toison dialect? I noticed some HK people cant understand it
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:20 PM
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Originally Posted by mr bolo View Post
can you understand full Taishan / Toison dialect? I noticed some HK people cant understand it
I don't understand it, but I doubt if many people in Guangzhou understand it either.
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