What is the Most Popular Chinese Dialect, Mandarin or Cantonese? Mandarin is the most popular dialect among the Chinese speakers. It is mainly used in Mainland China, Taiwan and Singapore. These areas represent a population over 1.3 billion Chinese.
Also know, which Chinese is more widely spoken?
Cantonese is a dialect, it is spoken widely before China needed an official language. Mandarin, is a product of it, due to the policies that make learning Mandarin compulsory, Mandarin is now the most widely spoken language(or dialect if you like) in China and also the World.
Is it harder to learn Mandarin or Cantonese?
Yes, Cantonese is much harder to learn than Mandarin, it has about 7 tones, while Mandarin has only 5(4+1). And Cantonese has much more elements or components of Classical Chinese (Ancient Chinese) than Mandarin.
How different is Mandarin and Cantonese?
So, both of these languages are spoken in China and they share the same base alphabet. But what is the difference between Cantonese and Mandarin? Mandarin utilizes four tones, whereas Cantonese has at least six and sometimes as many as nine. And different tones have different meanings, even when used for the same word.