粤语 (Yue or Cantonese)




Photo by Joshua Rawson-Harris on Unsplash
Photo by Joshua Rawson-Harris on Unsplash

Yue is one of the primary branches of Chinese spoken in southern China, particularly the provinces of Guangdong and Guangxi. The name Cantonese is often used for the whole branch, but linguists prefer to reserve that name for the variety of Guangzhou (Canton), Hong Kong and Macau, which is the prestige dialect. Yue varieties are not mutually intelligible with other varieties of Chinese.

Native Speakers: 60,000,000

Region: China

Writing System: Chinese Characters

Language Family: Sino-Tibetan, Sinitic, Chinese, Yue

Books & Software for Learning Cantonese