steelersman wrote:Maybe I should look for a job in Guangdong. Then I can learn Cantonese.
That's certainly not a bad plan. Guangzhou is dirty and interesting. it's also cheaper, and I'd say there's many opportunities to gain experience and in something that could eventually pay off. I wouldn't bet the ranch against it, but it's a plan. Mind you Dongguan is a shithole full of the worst Taiwanese on the planet. As is Zhuhai. Guangdong is largely poor, dumb, brutal and horrid.
You should also perhaps talk with Baas in Xiamen. Fujian is interesting, especially coming out of Taiwan.
As for dialects. I'm reluctantly coming back to the idea Chinese speakers should have a proper grounding in "Beijing hua" before moving on. I spent twenty years saying it doesn't matter. but now I think it does, and can see why my early language teachers were incredulous I didn't at east spend some time studying Chinese in Beijing.