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Cantonese is spoken by about 72 million people, mainly in the south-east of China, particularly in Hong Kong, Macau, Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan. It is also spoken in Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines and among overseas Chinese communities in many other countries.

Like Chinese Mandarin, Chinese Cantonese is also a tonal language and a single word may have many meanings depending upon the context and pronunciation. Cantonese is the older of the two languages being in existence for some two thousand years, while Mandarin has been in existence for approximately seven-eight hundred years.

Cantonese has appeared in writing since the seventeenth century. It is used mainly in personal correspondence, diaries, comics, poetry, advertising, popular newspapers, magazines and to some extent in literature. There are two standard ways of written Cantonese: a formal version and a colloquial version. The formal version is quite different from spoken Cantonese but very similar to Standard Chinese and can be understood by Mandarin speakers without too much difficulty. The colloquial version is much closer to spoken Cantonese and largely unintelligible to Mandarin speakers.