Published September 25, 2018
This video was recorded by Joseph Ho in the city of Sunwui, Guangdong-Province, China, where he was born and raised. Joseph explains in this video some of the differences between Yue and standard Cantonese, and some stories of his hometown. Yue, also known as Siyi Yue, was spoken by roughly 52,000,000 speakers in China as of 1984. As a Cantonese dialect, Yue is part of the Sino-Tibetan language family; its speakers share a large percentage of vocabulary with Cantonese and can learn to speak standard Cantonese easily, however the tonal systems are distinct. Yue is spoken particularly in Guangdong Province and Guangxi, and its varieties are typically conservative with regard to final consonants and tonal categories that were part of Middle Chinese, but have lost several distinctions retained by other Chinese dialects.