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Old 05-25-2015, 09:46 PM
 
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What is the difference between the mandarin from Taiwan to the Mandarin from Mainland?

Which type of Chinese is most used in business in Mainland, Hong Kong and other countries in asia were Chinese is used?
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Old 05-25-2015, 10:05 PM
 
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Taiwanese Mandarin has a significantly different accent from the mainland accents. There is no single mainland accent, unless you are referring to standard Mandarin, which is the Beijing dialect.

Second question I'll answer in order according to the list: Mandarin, Cantonese (Mandarin used in dealings with mainland Chinese), Mandarin (with some using Hakka, Hokkien, and Cantonese)
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Old 05-25-2015, 10:07 PM
 
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Taiwanese Mandarin: Cool
Chinese Mandarin: Lame

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Old 05-26-2015, 09:35 AM
 
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They are written differently...PRC has converted Mainlanders to the simplified form (basically fewer lines in most characters) while Taiwan has maintained traditional writing. And yes, there are distinct accents for Taiwan vs Mainland and throughout Mainland as well, although for the most part everyone can understand each other pretty well.

Mainland, Taiwan and Singapore use Mandarin, Hong Kong and Macau are predominantly Cantonese, and the rest just depend on the locals history (may be Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakka, Hokkien, Teochew, etc)
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Old 05-26-2015, 09:48 AM
 
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Taiwanese Mandarin: Cool
Chinese Mandarin: Lame

lol!

OP, Taiwanese Mandarin has some minor phonetic differences. Well, and then there's the vocabulary; on the Mainland they still address people as "comrade". Taiwan terms like "Miss" when addressing a waitress, sound effete on the Mainland.
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Old 05-26-2015, 09:58 AM
 
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lol!

OP, Taiwanese Mandarin has some minor phonetic differences. Well, and then there's the vocabulary; on the Mainland they still address people as "comrade". Taiwan terms like "Miss" when addressing a waitress, sound effete on the Mainland.
I hate their terms. Well, many of their terms, probably not all as some are quite funny. "Comrade" is perhaps one of the worst though, nothing less from the commies lol.
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Old 05-26-2015, 10:01 AM
 
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lol!

OP, Taiwanese Mandarin has some minor phonetic differences. Well, and then there's the vocabulary; on the Mainland they still address people as "comrade". Taiwan terms like "Miss" when addressing a waitress, sound effete on the Mainland.
Addressing people as comrade is outdated and nobody does it anymore except the military and probably the police. Textbooks published in the 1980s and before have this, but modern ones do not.
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Old 05-26-2015, 10:08 AM
 
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Sadly the Min languages of Fujian, including 'Taiwanese' (which is pretty much Hokkien or Minnan), are being replaced by Mandarin, yet this isn't getting much attention like Tibetan or say Uyghur, because it's a Sinitic language, and due to propaganda it's seen by some as merely a 'dialect' of Mandarin.
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Old 05-26-2015, 12:54 PM
 
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What is the difference between the mandarin from Taiwan to the Mandarin from Mainland?

Which type of Chinese is most used in business in Mainland, Hong Kong and other countries in asia were Chinese is used?
Very minor difference. Of course they have different accents, just like there are different accents among various Chinese dialects. Taiwanese Mandarin is softer and more feminine IMO... sometimes too feminine/cloying.

Mandarin is the business language in mainland China (including Cantonese speaking Guangdong province) as well as Singapore and Taiwan. HK may use Cantonese and English, but Mandarin is getting increasingly popular.
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Old 05-26-2015, 12:55 PM
 
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Sadly the Min languages of Fujian, including 'Taiwanese' (which is pretty much Hokkien or Minnan), are being replaced by Mandarin, yet this isn't getting much attention like Tibetan or say Uyghur, because it's a Sinitic language, and due to propaganda it's seen by some as merely a 'dialect' of Mandarin.
It is not that sad. Minnan dialect simply can't function as a language for business, science, art etc. It is more of a vernacular language.
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