In the late 90s, when I was there I would say Cantonese is essential. For the first two weeks I was having only Mac as meals as its easier for me to order "Meal A, Meal B". Most employees of MNCs do speak English but it pays to speak Cantonese as they will break into Cantonese for informal chats which you should participate to clique. You are encouraged to learn and with knowledge of Chinese it does help in the process. I am sure I will have problem trying to learn Japanese without any help.Originally Posted by nikkie
As for getting gals I am not too sure how Cantonese helps but I am sure it does, did not try, maybe I wasn't that advanturous.