Archive for May, 2007

I fixed a few glitches with the links here and on iTunes

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

If you do an iTunes search, CantonesePod has got two entires, one from Podbean, one from here… subscribe to one with the CPod logo, i.e. this page, this is where I will put my new shows and weird and wonderful stuffs..

Talking About Your Days – Not feeling dazy today with daisy in my hands…

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Shownotes:

  • numbers reviews; 1 to 10; tens; hundred, thousands
  • nin, yuet, yat, sing kei ==> year, month, day, day of week (or week simply)
  • gum yat -> today
  • gum yat hai 2007 nin 5 yuet 25 hou, sing kei 4 -> Today is the 25th of May, 2007, Thursday
  • gum yat tin hei ho yit -> Today’s weather is very hot
  • gum jiu ngo dap din che hui hok yat mun -> Today I took a train to learn Japanese
  • dap -> to ride, to travel by
  • din che -> train
  • jiu -> morning
  • hui -> to go to
  • hok -> to learn
  • yat mun -> Japanese language
  • bar see -> bus
  • gong dong wah -> Cantonese langauge
  • gum go sing kei fong gar -> It is holiday for me this week
  • fong gar -> to be on holiday
  • yee -> easy
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Asking for direction, as simple as ABC

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Title: Asking for direction, as simple as ABC
Date: 16 May 2007

Summary: In this podcast, I will cover the basics so that you can master the skill of asking for directions
Notes:
– Welcome to Cantonese Pod, inspirations for learning the lyrical, expressive and beautiful Cantonese language, gong dong wa bok hak
– the way I am gonna do this series, different situations that you may be in, through small dialogues, gradually develop your confidence in the language…
– Summary
– 2 scenarios
1) Asking for the toilet
2) Asking for the direction to a tourist attraction when you are walking down the street carrying a map and the address of the place that you can wanna go to
– full dialogue, vocabs and grammar points, full dialogue, drill, full dialogue
Transliteration:

Notes: Sorry folks, I don’t know fully the standard transliteration system, e.g. the yue ping system. Actually, what I think is that the learning curve for these systems are pretty stiff. Some of you have requested the transliteration for thesepodcasts , so I will try my best. All sensible requests will be answered 😉 What I am going to use is an English-like transliteration system to the best of my knowledge. For now, no Chinese characters will be given since thisPodCast is for beginners. I will start a wiki at some point for my PodCast so that you guys can form a community editing the show notes for these PodCasts.

fong heung -> direction
ng goi -> excuse me, Thank you
hai -> yes // pronuncation note: this a is a bit like the “a” as in hum
ne -> you

zi -> to know
zi ng zi -> do you know?
ni tew gai –> this (ni tew) street (gai) // ew rhymes with few in English
hai bin dou -> at where?
é –> the utterance when thinking // rhymes with air
num- ha- sin- -> let me think
hai -> at
jik -> straight
jik hang -> go straight
jun -> turn
jor -> left
yau -> right
jau -> then
wui -> can
ghin -> see // gh as in goose
yut -> one
gan -> counter for building

an hong -> bank
gat lei -> next to it
ng goi sai -> thank you very much
ng sai hak hei -> you’re welcome // literally, no need to be guest-like
chi soh -> toilet
lau -> floor

yat, yee, sam, sei, ng, lok, chat, bat, gau, sap -> 1 to 10
bak -> 100
chin -> 1000
maan -> 10,000

N.B. Hint -> make flashcard to learn this, don’t rely solely on my transliteration to learn, you will get bad accents, only use them as a pointer to your memory of the correct pronunciation, listen to mypodcasts to get the correct pronunciation 😉 My Cantonese accent is quite standard 🙂

// for the “correct” system, take a look at this, seriously, don’t get bogged down! 😉
// http://www.cantonese.sheik.co.uk/essays/tones.htm

// If you guys want jyutping, that’s fine, please help me 🙂 Please send your jyutping to my email address..

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Back to Basics 1

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Title: BTB Back to Basics (edition 1)

Date: 14 May 2007
Summary: In this podcast, I will cover the basics of the Cantonese language and the fundamental grammar points
Notes:

– Welcome to Cantonese Pod, inspirations for learning the lyrical, expressive and beautiful Cantonese language, gong dong wa bok hak

– self introduction
– tonal language, think of playing chords, relax 🙂
– forget the standard romanisation, transcribe it whatever way you like
– forget the script, get used to the sound first 😉
– personal pronoun, I, you, he/she/it, they, note the gender neutrality in Chinese wrt pronunciation

– demonstrative pronoun
– possessive pronoun
– dead easy to make a question: ad Gah..
– numbers again 🙂

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My recommendations for learning materials

Monday, May 21st, 2007

Announcements:

Click the relevant side-links for old episodes,vocabulary drills, etc. Please nagivate around the pages to make the most out of the site for yourself .

Hello, I would strongly recommend the following books, clicking the Amazon UK links will take you straight to the relevant Amazon description page, I would recommend you buying at least one of the following books, only for inspiration, if nothing else 😉

Here you go:

Teach Yourself Cantonese: Complete Audio CD Program (Teach Yourself Language Complete Courses)

Teach Yourself Cantonese: Complete Audio CD Program (Teach Yourself Language Complete Courses)

I strongly recommend this book:

  • very clear
  • a lot of information
  • I have recommended this book to some of my friends

Colloquial Cantonese: A Complete Language Course (Colloquial)

Colloquial Cantonese: A Complete Language Course (Colloquial)

  • takes you from ground up
  • pretty solid

Cantonese: A Comprehensive Grammar (Routledge Grammars)

Cantonese: A Comprehensive Grammar (Routledge Grammars)

  • very solid grammar book

English-Cantonese Dictionary

English-Cantonese Dictionary

  • fairly-priced dictionary


That’s about it for now. Yep, buy at least one of these books. You will find that it is a good investment. Regarding online bookshops for Cantonese learning materials, I think that Amazon is the most comprehensive.

I welcome suggestions. Thanks. Benson 🙂