atalarikt wrote:Is it common for speakers of other Chinese variants (e.g. Min, Wu) to speak Mandarin while using non-Mandarin tones? I've once read that Taiwanese people who speak Mandarin with Hokkien tones are called "sweet potato style", which is derived from the fact that many mainland Chinese used to sail to Taiwan to trade sweet potatoes.
People who didn't learn Mandarin when young like people my grandparents' generation, yes.
Some people in very rural areas, yes.
But it's very rare for young and educated people nowadays.
Tones sound different by influence of the different dialects, for example the first tone is higher in Beijing, and generally lower in Wu dialects.
Some Wu speakers can't distinguish 2nd and 3rd tone. Some Cantonese speakers can't distinguish 1st and 4th tone.
But mostly we follow the tones, even if pronounced differently.