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:Day
Chinese:yut
English:One day
Chinese:yut yut
Literally:(same)
Note the tone difference between one and day -- one is a high flat tone, while day is mid tone.
English:Week
Chinese:sing-kay
English:One week
Chinese:yut goh sing-kay
Literally:(same)
English:This week
Chinese:nee goh sing-kay
Literally:(same)
English:Next
Chinese:hah
English:Next week
Chinese:hah goh sing-kay
Literally:(same)
In Cantonese, days of the week are numbered, beginning with Monday, which is literally said as week one
English:Monday
Chinese:sing-kay yut
Literally:week one
English:Tuesday
Chinese:sing-kay yee
Literally:week two
English:Wednesday
Chinese:sing-kay sahm
Literally:week three
English:Thursday
Chinese:sing-kay say
Literally:week four
English:Friday
Chinese:sing-kay hm
Literally:week five
English:Saturday
Chinese:sing-kay lohk
Literally:week six
English:Sunday (exception to the pattern)
Chinese:sing-kay yut
Literally:week day
Listen again to the slight tone differences:
English:Monday
Chinese:sing-kay yut
Literally:week one
English:Sunday
Chinese:sing-kay yut
Literally:week day
English:I'm going to your place on Wednesday
Chinese:ngoh sing-kay sahm houe nay doh
Literally:I wednesday go your place
English:Thursday of this week
Chinese:nee goh sing-kay say
Literally:this week four
English:Tuesday of next week
Chinese:hah goh sing-kay yee
Literally:next week two

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