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Old 01-12-2019, 10:22 PM
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cantonese has more tones than mandarin!

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Old 01-14-2019, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by strad View Post
You don't understand the language yet you have the impression nothing "deep" was said. Of course you get that impression, you don't understand the language. What kind of impression do you get when you listen to Hindi or Russian or Arabic or other languages you don't speak?
And you cannot rely on subtitles to gauge spoken Cantonese. Spoken Cantonese is very different from standard Chinese, the subtitles aren't transcripts, they are basically translations.
I do understand Cantonese and have no problem understanding news broadcast in Cantonese without subtitles. Your analogy with Hindi and Russian is extremely lame.

I may have some problems with colloquial Cantonese, but that is not quite relevant to the ability of appreciating people's command of formal/advanced Chinese regardless of dialects. I am talking about the use of idioms, rhetoric (e.g. metaphor, metonymy, simile, parallelism and so on) and logic flow.

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