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Extinct: no
Family: Sino-Tibetan
Branch: Sinitic
Continent: Asia
Country: China
Region: Spoken in Guangdong (except for the Hakka speaking areas especially in the northeast, the Min Nan speaking areas of the east, at points along the coast as well as Hainan Island), Macau, and in the southern part of Guangxi. Also possibly in Laos. Also spoken in Australia, Brunei, Canada, Costa Rica, Honduras, Indonesia (Java and Bali), Malaysia (Peninsular), Mauritius, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, United Kingdom, USA, Viet Nam.
Countries Where Spoken: China, Hong Kong, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Panama, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.
Countries Where Official: China
Native Speakers: 52,000,000
Speakers Total: 54,810,598
Phrasebase members who speak Cantonese at a native level: 441
Phrasebase members who speak Cantonese at a conversational level: 441
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Cantonese: 1,190
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Cantonese: 1,866
Three Letter Code: YUE
Alternative Names: Yuet Yue, Gwong Dung Waa, Cantonese, Yue, Yueh, Yueyu, Baihua
Summary: Part of the Han nationality. Outside of mainland China, many Cantonese-specific characters are used in the writing system. SVO; prepositions; genitives, relatives after noun heads; articles, adjectives, numerals before noun heads; word order mainly distinguishes subjects, objectives, indirect objects; passives usually indicated by adding a word in front of the verb; tonal. Chinese script in Viet Nam. TV. Grammar. Bible: 1894-1981.

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