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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

    • Education

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: John Wakefield, Part 1 (粵語)

    Guest Episode: John Wakefield, Part 1 (粵語)

    This week's guest is John Wakefield, an Associate Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University and a veteran Cantonese screen actor. The conversation has been split up into two parts, with this episode focusing on Professor Wakefield's journey learning Cantonese and his experiences in the Hong Kong entertainment industry. Be sure to check the next episode for part two, where he discusses his research interests at greater length.

    • 17 min
    Learning Tip: How can I tell the difference between similar tones? (English/粵語)

    Learning Tip: How can I tell the difference between similar tones? (English/粵語)

    Some tones in Cantonese can seem very similar to new learners, particularly when they're similar "shapes" (e.g. tones 2 and 5). How can students figure out the difference? Raymond and Cameron share a few quick tricks. 

    • 8 min
    Conversation: Can you learn Cantonese through Cantopop? (粵)

    Conversation: Can you learn Cantonese through Cantopop? (粵)

    Raymond and Cameron discuss how Cantopop (Cantonese pop music) can act as a tool for language learning, as well as some of the medium's challenges. As an example, they look at MIRROR's "Ignited" and one of the colloquial expressions from the song: 焫著 (laat3 zoek6).

    Link to music video for "Ignited"

    • 8 min
    Guest Episode: Pearl Low, Part 2 (English/粵語)

    Guest Episode: Pearl Low, Part 2 (English/粵語)

    Cameron and Raymond continue their conversation with Pearl Low, a Vancouver-based author, artist, and animator, about their experience studying Cantonese as a heritage language. In this segment, Pearl dispels a common myth about Cantonese, and also gives suggestions to younger learners engaging with their heritage language.

    To learn more about Pearl's work, check out: https://www.pearllow.com/

    Some of the resources Pearl mentions:
    1. Pearl's Twitter thread on Cantonese learning resources
    2. Subreddit "r/Cantonese"
    3. Cantonese with Winnie (YouTube channel)
    4. Hanping Cantonese Dictionary
    5. Hanping Chinese Camera: Chinese OCR

    Also, check out 係咁先啦, the song mentioned by Raymond at the end of this episode.

    More info on Cantonese input on iOS.

    • 23 min
    Guest Episode: Pearl Low, Part 1 (English/粵語)

    Guest Episode: Pearl Low, Part 1 (English/粵語)

    Cameron and Raymond chat with Pearl Low, a Vancouver-based author, artist, and animator, about their experience studying Cantonese as a heritage language. Pearl shares a number of tips on learning Cantonese in a community-focused way.

    To learn more about Pearl's work, check out: https://www.pearllow.com/

    Some of the resources Pearl mentions (in this and next episode):
    1. Pearl's Twitter thread on Cantonese learning resources
    2. Subreddit "r/Cantonese"
    3. Cantonese with Winnie (YouTube channel)
    4. Hanping Cantonese Dictionary
    5. Hanping Chinese Camera: Chinese OCR

    • 16 min
    Learning Tip: How many tones does Cantonese have? (English/粵語)

    Learning Tip: How many tones does Cantonese have? (English/粵語)

    Raymond and Cameron tackle the subject of tones--does Cantonese have 6 or 9? Then Raymond shares his own tip for helping students practice tones. As for slang, there are two expressions this week: 雞同鴨講 (gai1 tung4 aap3 gong2)and 唔啱channel (m4 ngaam1 channel). For transcripts and translations, visit chattycantonese.com.

    Extra resources for tone practice:
    Cantolounge - How many tones are there in Cantonese? https://youtu.be/NM7tXfXnCzM
    Cantonese with Brittany - Beginner Cantonese | The Six Tones https://youtu.be/b38H_ySiTd4
    Cantonese Learning Centre http://www.clc.com.hk/ 

    • 13 min

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