Originally Posted by delsa
And...should one learn Mandarin or Cantonese first?
Et...est-ce qu'on devrait apprendre le Mandarin ou le Cantonais en premier?
Mandarin is spoken throughout China while Cantonese is a dialect which is spoken in certain regions of the country. My grandparents came from Hainan Island so Hainanese is my dialect. People in China usually speak their dialect plus Mandarin.
I would say Mandarin is more useful because it is sort of the "official" language and it can be used throughout China. Even when I went to Hainan Island, I found that most of the people spoke Mandarin in addition to their dialect.