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:Fragrant / good smell
Chinese:heung
English:Hong Kong
Chinese:heung-gahng
Literally:fragrant harbor
English:I'm going to Hong Kong
Chinese:ngoh houe heung-gahng
Literally:I going to Hong Kong
English:Guongzhou
Chinese:gwahng-zau
English:You're going to Guongzhou
Chinese:nay houe gwahng-zau
Literally:You going to Guongzhou
English:Are you going to Guongzhou?
Chinese:nay hie-hm-hie houe gwahng-zau ah
Literally:you are-not-are going Guongzhou +?
English:Yes (affirmative response)
Chinese:hie
Literally:are
English:No
Chinese:hm hie
Literally:not are
English:Yes, I'm going to guongzhou
Chinese:hie, ngoh houe gwahng-zau
Literally:am, I going Guongzhou
English:He / she
Chinese:keui
English:He knows how to speak English
Chinese:keui sik gahng yeeng-mun
Literally:he knows how to speak English
So far you've learned the pronouns for I, you, and she/he. These can be converted into the pronouns we, they, and plural form of you quite easily by adding the extension day:
English:We
Chinese:ngoh day
English:They
Chinese:keui day
English:You (plural - when speaking to more than 1 person)
Chinese:nay day
English:They are American
Chinese:keui-day hie may-gwohk yan
Literally:(same)
English:We can understand a little Cantonese
Chinese:ngoh-day sik tayng yut-dee gwahng-dohng wah
Literally:we konw how to listen a little Cantonese
For the remainder of the course, when the plural form of you is required, we will say you guys.
English:Are you guys going to China?
Chinese:nay-day hie-hm-hie houe johng-gwohk ah
Literally:you guys are-not-are going China +?
English:Place
Chinese:doh
English:My place
Chinese:ngoh doh
Literally:I place
English:Your place
Chinese:nay doh
Literally:you place
English:His / her place
Chinese:keui doh
Literally:(same)
English:Our place
Chinese:ngoh-day doh
Literally:(same)
English:I'm going to your place
Chinese:ngoh houe nay doh
Literally:I going to your place
English:Are we going to her place?
Chinese:ngoh-day hie-hm-hie houe keui doh ah
Literally:we are-not-are going to her place +?

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