world cuisine | languages
search help | about us | allergies
Cantonese (Yue or 粵語)

Cantonese (Yue) is a major Chinese dialect group or language, a member of the Sino-Tibetan family of languages. Colloquially, it is also known as Mandarin: Guangdong Hu, Cantonese transcription: gwong2 dung1 waa6. The exact number of Cantonese speakers is unknown due to a lack of statistics and census data. The areas with the highest concentration of speakers are in Guangdong and some parts of Guangxi in southern mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau. Cantonese is the de facto official language of Hong Kong. Other major groups include Chinese minorities in Southeast Asia. The name has been stated as being derived from Canton; a name in English for Guangdong province, and Canton; a name in English for Guangzhou city.

There are numerous different dialects of Cantonese; the most widely spoken is the Guangzhou dialect, often referred to simply as "Cantonese". The Guangzhou dialect is a lingua franca of not just Guangdong province, but also the overseas Cantonese speaking diaspora. The Guangzhou dialect is also spoken in Hong Kong.

Like other major varieties of Chinese, Cantonese is often considered a dialect of a single Chinese language for cultural or nationalistic reasons, though in practice Cantonese, like many other Chinese language varieties, is mutually unintelligible with many other Chinese "dialects".  (Ref: Wikipedia)

Cantonese on whatamieating.com

To find foods and foods and food-related items in whatamieating.com in Cantonese you may search by any of the following terms:
Canton Cantonais Cantones Cantonese China Chinese Guangdong Guangdonghua Guangxi Hong Kong Kantonees Kantonesische Macau Yue Yuehai Yueyu 粵語

These terms associated with languages are hidden behind the scenes as there is some crossover with other languages. The traveller in Guangdong may not be precisely certain which language is in use, and can search using more general terms such as 'Chinese''.

There is also the issue of Pinyin. Pinyin is the standardised agreed transliteration of Chinese characters into English. If the Pinyin in http://www.whatamieating.com is present then this will be included in the list for 'Search Languages'.

You may use any of the above terms in any search you make using 'Translate from English' so that if you wish to search for a translation of noodles, choose whichever of these language terms that you think is most appropriate, say:
'cantonese noodles' and then click on 'Translate from English'.

One of the problems of providing searches in a multilingual world-wide food dictionary is trying to help people reach the things they are searching for. People do not always know the precise language being used, so these more general searches, such as 'Chinese' should result in a successful search.

Also included in the glossary are dishes from the cuisine of the region, cookery terms, cooking methods, drinks, food festivals, days of the week, months of the year etc.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cantonese_%28linguistics%29

<< go to main page


Feel free to e-mail us if there are any additions, changes or corrections that you'd like to see.

Suzy Oakes 1998-2008, all rights reserved
All data appearing on this site are copyright protected