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Anonymous asked: I'm currently a high school learning mandarin, but I'd love to learn to speak Cantonese. It was my first language, but I'm not spoken to in it anymore, is there any way I can learn(tones especially)? I can also speak a bit of Vietnamese, but I don't know if that's relevant.

Hello! Great to hear that you’re interested in taking up Cantonese again! There are lots of resources for learning Cantonese (though I’d say not as many as other asian dialects). Learning online is definitely an option but I’d say the best way to learn is by learning and practising with someone who knows how to speak Cantonese. It is probably the most effective way to perfect a language. Also, if you’re a visual/audio learner, watching Cantonese movies/dramas would be helpful (I recommend older movies/dramas). Watching videos will help with tones because it will give you a feel on how a Cantonese speaker sounds when they speak. I’m not sure where to find the best resources but this could help: 

http://cantonese.ca/tones.php 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oei-FI044Z8

Having mandarin under your belt is also an asset as written words are pretty much the same (not including simplified vs. traditional). As for Vietnamese, it won’t really help with your journey but some tones may sound alike to Cantonese ones. 

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