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What would be the best way to learn how to speak Canto? I speak fluent Mandarin and can understand almost all Cantonese, but whenever I try to speak it... it comes out like Mandarin. I just feel like so many words are so similar. I'm wondering what method would be best to learn and how I should approach this. Thanks!

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Listen and repeat. That's how I did it. Accuracy depends on how much you care about it. Cantonese can sound inelegant if not pronounced correctly.

My Mandarin pronunciation has a lot of Cantonese influence which I wish would magically fix itself.

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There is no best way to learn a language. However, it seems you are experiencing interference. This is good because you are taking advantage of the similarities between languages, but don't have mastery of the Mandarin-Cantonese rules and/or enough knowledge of exceptions.


I recommend you just study it "normally" and let your Mandarin proficiency help you when it can, instead of looking for an optimal way to go from Mandarin to Cantonese. As you do this, you will get a more nuanced grasp of the relationship between Mandarin and Cantonese.

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