Cantonese is one of the five major Chinese languages. It has a history of over 2000 years and is spoken by about 100 million people across southern China, Hong Kong and Macao, as well as throughout South-East Asia in such places as Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Due to the migration of Cantonese speakers, it is the dominant form of Chinese spoken in the Chinese communities of many major cities in the United States, Europe, Australia and elsewhere. Cantonese is mainly an oral language; people in Hong Kong often used Mandarin Chinese when they read and write.


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