Learn Cantonese

P.S. A reason for creating this Cantonese/Hongkongese learning site is to re-learn and appreciate my own first language in a more logical way!

To many Westerners (especially English speakers), it is an extremely difficult task to learn Cantonese as a second language. However, if you are willing to spend a little time learning Cantonese on this website, you will be able to learn a sufficient amount of Cantonese that a lot of people in Hong Kong or Southern China will greatly appreciate. But bear in mind that the language spoken by the people in Hong Kong, namely, Hongkongese, is slightly different from the Cantonese spoken in Southern China. Particularly, Hongkongese is much richer than Cantonese as it has incorporated a lot of Western influence. Hongkongese is also much more efficient than traditional Cantonese in expressing ideas.

This page aims at helping non-Chinese learn Cantonese the easy way. Please follow the following link to learn about the current status of the Cantonese language. Read it carefully before you commit yourself to learning Cantonese.

If you have decided to learn Cantonese, you may want to proceed according to the following step-by-step Cantonese learning modules:

Your First Cantonese Lesson
The First Few Cantonese Words

Learn Cantonese Pronunciation

  1. Cantonese Pronunciation: Natural Cantonese Romanization
  2. Cantonese Pronunciation: Initials
  3. Cantonese Pronunciation: Finals
  4. Cantonese Pronunciation: Tones
  5. Learn Cantonese by Singing: Six Cantonese Tones

Learn Cantonese Grammar

  1. Cantonese Grammar: Simple Sentences
  2. Cantonese Grammar: Nouns
  3. Cantonese Grammar: Verbs
  4. Cantonese Grammar: Pronouns
  5. Cantonese Grammar: Interrogation 1
  6. Cantonese Grammar: Interrogation using the word 唔
  7. Cantonese Grammar: Interogation using the word 點
  8. Cantonese Grammar: interogation using the word 幾
  9. Cantonese Grammar: Conjunctions
  10. Cantonese Grammar: Expressing Feeling in Cantonese
  11. Cantonese Grammar: Cantonese Adjectives
  12. Cantonese Grammar: Cantonese Adverbs
  13. Cantonese Grammar: Miscellaneous

Learn Cantonese Words, Phrases, and Sentences by Situations:

  1. Introducing Yourself
  2. Greetings and Congratulations
  3. Asking for Directions
  4. Numbers and Arithmetics
  5. Money and Shopping
  6. Eating at a Chinese Restaurant
  7. Transportation
  8. Friends and Dating
  9. Avoiding a confrontation
  10. Cantonese Compliments
  11. At a Market Place
  12. At the Work Place
  13. Time and Appointment
  14. Bruce Lee: An Orphan’s Tragedy (1955)
  15. Cantonese Vocabulary: MTR Station Names 1
  16. Cantonese Vocabulary: MTR Station Names 2

Learn Cantonese Vocabulary:

  1. Cantonese Verbs – body parts
  2. Day and Time
  3. Cantonese Quantifying Units
  4. Family and Relatives
  5. Stationery
  6. Hospital/clinic
  7. Police and Law
  8. Entertainment – Television
  9. Entertainment – General
  10. Kitchen Items
  11. Bathroom Items
  12. Living Room and Bedroom Items
  13. Food Items: Market Place
  14. Local Restaurant Breakfast
  15. Sports
  16. Vegetables
  17. Cantonese Last Names
  18. Appliances and Electronics
  19. Dirty Cantonese Curse words
  20. Measurement and Units
  21. Education System
  22. Professions
  23. Cantonese Dim Sum
  24. Cantonese Adjectives
  25. Cantonese Intonation Modifiers

Learn The Usage of Some Commonly Used Cantonese Words:
1. Cantonese word: dak1 得
2. Cantonese word: hai2/hai5 喺
3. Cantonese word: ho2/ho3 好
4. Cantonese word: mat1 乜 (or me1 咩)

Learn Advanced Cantonese:

As a final word, since Cantonese can be considered as a spoken language (possibly due to political suppression throughout the history), the most effective way to learn Cantonese vocabulary, phrases, and sentences is by speaking, instead of reading.

This page is a free Cantonese learning resource and there is nothing to sell. However, your feedback is extremely important! Please comment so that I can improve upon the content of this page which may benefit all the people who want to learn Cantonese. Thank you very much.


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