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This article is an adaptation of a paper written by Jessica Sun (Sun Hui) for the pre-master Asian studies, Leiden University in December 2018. As a native Chinese living in The Netherlands, I am often asked if my mother tongue is Cantonese. In fact, I speak Mandarin. I do not speak Cantonese and cannot understand Cantonese. However, it is not unreasonable to assume that I, as a Chinese person, speak Cantonese, since Cantonese is one of the most commonly spoken Chinese languages outside China.  Mandarin and Cantonese are not mutually intelligible but there are different academic opinions whether Cantonese is […]

Is Cantonese a language?