Ezekiel: Oh, I've been studying a lot for my exam tomorrow
Luca: exam of what?
Ezekiel: Oops, I forgot to tell you that I took up Cantonese, which is a language spoken in China. It is not the official one, though.
If you're from the US or the UK, when you think you hear "Chinese", it's likely Cantonese, especially if your knowledge of "Chinese" is limited to "chicken chow mein".
Translation: 'I fear neither heaven nor earth, I only fear Cantonese speakers trying to speak Mandarin'.
Cantonese: "Tin mh geng, deih mh geng ji geng bak fong yahn gong gwong dung wah mh jehng".
Translation: 'I fear neither heaven nor earth, I only fear Mandarin speakers speaking Cantonese so inaccurately'.
2 - The language locals speak in the Canton region oh China, or extensively, the language locals speak in Hong Kong.
Hello everybody! I'm cantonese! (I seriously am one.)
Random Guy: Do you speak cantonese?
Me: Yes, Im from Hong Kong...
Although Cantonese and Mandarin may sound radically different, they are originally from different regions of China (not from different countries) and are unified by the Chinese writing system.
Some people may argue that Cantonese speakers (usually Hong Kong and Guangdong region people) and Mandarin (mainland China) even use different types of writing systems because Cantonese speakers usually write traditional characters while Mandarin speakers usually use simplified characters, but they are actually not considered separate writing systems.
Historically, there was one of very few dialects to begin with, and as people branched out to different regions of China (which is quite a huge country), each region started to slowly adopt it's own accents and speaking mannerisms, which resulted in a different dialect, but the writing system is still the same, hence they are speaking the same language.
Chak Tong (Cantonese name): I cannot understand a word you are saying...
Xiao Ming: OK, how about this? *pulls out sheet of paper and writes a brief introduction about himself*
Chak Tong: *writes on the sheet of paper "Oh, I understand what you are writing but not what you say. Nice to meet you."*