Free Cantonese Chinese Lessons

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These Cantonese Chinese lessons have been designed to provide practical travel vocabulary and a foundation for basic conversational skills. You may also download a complete audio transcript for listening in your car.

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English:1
Chinese:yut
English:2 (for math and counting)
Chinese:yee
This is the mathematical number 2. However, when counting a particular object, the correct word for two can be thought of as similar to the English word meaning a couple of:
English:2 (conversational)
Chinese:leung
English:3
Chinese:sahm
English:4
Chinese:say
English: To die / to be dead
Chinese:say
English:4
Chinese:say
The verb meaning to die sounds similar to 4, but has a rising tone. This is just one example that demonstrates the need to try to imitate the tones that you're hearing as closely possible. This will seem very difficult at first, but it becomes easier with practice, and as your ear become more sensitive to the tonal variations of the language.
English:5
Chinese:hm
English:6
Chinese:lohk
English:7
Chinese:tchut
English:8
Chinese:baht
English:9
Chinese:gau
English:10
Chinese:sup
In Cantonese, most nouns have an associated measure word, sometimes called a classifier, which precedes the noun much in the same manner that the words a or an precede nouns in English. But unlike English, Cantonese has different measure words for different categories of nouns. They are best learned along with new vocabulary, and will be introduced periodically throughout the program. With practice you will become familiar with which measure word a particluar noun receives.
English:(Measure word used for most objects and people)
Chinese:goh
English:One person
Chinese:yut goh yan
Literally:(same)
English:Three people
Chinese:sahm goh yan
Literally:(same)
English:Six people
Chinese:lohk goh yan
Literally:(same)
English:Car
Chinese:tchay
English:(Measure word for cars / vehicles)
Chinese:gah
English:One car
Chinese:yut gah tchay
Literally:(same)
English:Two cars
Chinese:leung gah tchay
Literally:(same)
English:10 people
Chinese:sup goh yan
Literally:(same)
English:Some cars
Chinese:yut-dee tchay
Literally:(same)
English:They're in the car
Chinese:keui-day hie gah tchay doh
Literally:they located the car place

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