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A podcast about all things learning Cantonese, hosted by a teacher and a student. We upload conversations in Cantonese meant to help students improve their listening ability, while also highlighting the global Cantonese-speaking community.

Chatty Cantonese | 粵語白白‪講‬ Chatty Cantonese

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A podcast about all things learning Cantonese, hosted by a teacher and a student. We upload conversations in Cantonese meant to help students improve their listening ability, while also highlighting the global Cantonese-speaking community.

    Guest Episode: Gina Anne Tam, Part 2 (English, 粵語)

    Guest Episode: Gina Anne Tam, Part 2 (English, 粵語)

    This episode features the second half of our discussion with Dr. Gina Anne Tam, Associate Professor of History at Trinity University, and author of Dialect and Nationalism in China, 1860 – 1960 from Cambridge University Press. In this episode, we talk about the relationship between Mandarin and Cantonese in teaching and academia, as well as English’s immense power in the global linguistic landscape.

    Works mentioned in this episode:
    Silencing Shanghai, by Fang Xu
    Gerald Roche (various articles)
    Cantonese as Written Language, by Don Snow
    Not Like a Native Speaker, by Rey Chow
    The Fall of Language in the Age of English, by Minae Mizumura
    Borderlands/La Frontera, by Gloria Anzaldúa
    Speak Not: Empire, Identity and the Politics of Language, by James Griffiths
    Sound, Meaning, Shape: The Phonologist Wei Jiangong (1901-1980) between Language Study and Language Planning, by Mariana Münning

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    • 27 min
    Guest Episode: Gina Anne Tam, Part 1 (English, 粵語)

    Guest Episode: Gina Anne Tam, Part 1 (English, 粵語)

    This episode features the first half of our discussion with Dr. Gina Anne Tam, Associate Professor of History at Trinity University, and author of Dialect and Nationalism in China, 1860-1960 from Cambridge University Press. In this episode we talk about the distinction between “dialect” and “language” and what it means for Cantonese. Check back next week for the conclusion of our discussion.
    今集有我哋同三一大學歷史副教授,劍橋大學出版社發行《中國方言與民族主義 1860-1960》作者譚吉娜博士討論嘅第一部份。呢一集我哋討論方言同語言嘅區別同埋對粵語嘅意義。大家記得下個禮拜返嚟聽埋後半部份討論。

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    • 33 min
    Learning Tip: SFPs 3 - zaa3, ze1, zek1, and zaa4

    Learning Tip: SFPs 3 - zaa3, ze1, zek1, and zaa4

    More sentence final particles in this episode, this time centering around ones beginning with "z." They can be helpful for talking about quantity, degree, and justification--like when you're talking about that person who's "just" a friend...


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    • 16 min
    Conversation: Written vs. Spoken Cantonese (粵語)

    Conversation: Written vs. Spoken Cantonese (粵語)

    Pop quiz: How would you write "Give me that book" in Cantonese?「畀嗰本書我」or 「給我那本書」? The answer is... well, complicated.  But where might you read the former vs. latter? In this episode we chat about the different ways Cantonese is written, as well as the fancy term "diglossia."

    Don's Snow's Cantonese as Written Language
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    • 13 min
    Guest Episode: Jade Wu, Part 2 (粵語)

    Guest Episode: Jade Wu, Part 2 (粵語)

    This episode features the second part of our conversation with Jade Wu, where we discuss her publishing process and some of the ways her students have taught her over the years.

    Resources suggested at the end of the episode:
    Language Reactor
    Hong Kong Connection
    Rhapsody in Lingo
    CantoTalk
    Resonate Literary Magazine


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    • 22 min
    Guest Episode: Jade Wu, Part 1 (粵語)

    Guest Episode: Jade Wu, Part 1 (粵語)

    Part one of our interview with Jade Wu, author, podcaster, and teacher of Cantonese, Taishanese (Toisanese), and Mandarin. She has published textbooks for teaching all three languages, with Learn to Speak Taishanese I having come out just this year. In this episode we talk to Jade about what got her into writing textbooks, as well as some of the differences between Cantonese and Taishanese–she even gives us a little lesson.

    InspirLang Website

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    • 27 min

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