The Beginner's Guide To Cantonese

A course that helps you get started with Cantonese!
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Instructed by Ron Happold Language / Chinese
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  • Lectures 56
  • Contents Video: 1 hour
    Other: 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 12/2014 English

Course Description

Why Learn Cantonese?

Cantonese is Mandarin's cooler brother, we all know that. Unfortunately, it does not have as much learning material as Mandarin. This can make starting the language difficult, especially if you're not living in China or Hong Kong. But never fear, this course teaches you everything you need to get started with Cantonese, start speaking it, and having conversations with native speakers!

How Is this Course Taught?

The course's primary teaching methods are audio/visual lectures, explaining and giving examples on different topics in the Cantonese language. An assignment is include after the very important lectures, and listening material (with transcripts!) is available at the end of the course.

What are the requirements?

  • You do not need any prior Mandarin or any other Chinese knowledge before taking this course

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Express yourself in Cantonese
  • Understand the core aspects of Cantonese grammar and sentence structure
  • Have conversations with natives

What is the target audience?

  • People who are interested in the famous dialect of Cantonese should DEFINITELY take this course. Cantonese has very little study material compared to its Mandarin counterpart, so this course offers all of the basics and more to learn Cantonese
  • This course focuses on SPEAKING and LISTENING, mainly because Cantonese does not have an official written form, so if you are hoping to learn reading or writing skills, this is not the course for you. However, you will be able to speak to and understand native Cantonese speakers after taking this course

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
The Course Layout
Preview
01:04
What Exactly Is Cantonese?
Preview
01:10
Section 2: Tones And Jyutping
What You'll Learn
Preview
01:13
A Tip Before We Start Tones
Preview
00:49
The Six Tones
Preview
01:11
6 pages

A complete guide to reading Jyutping, some examples to get you started, and a helpful tip for beginner Cantonese speakers!

Jyutping In Action With Audio
Preview
02:07
Section 3: Getting Right To It - Self Expression
What You'll Learn
Preview
01:00
7 pages

This lecture will teach you some simple introductory phrases that you can use right away!

A Simple Introduction With Audio
Preview
01:08
Introduction Assignment
Article
Section 4: Verbs
What You'll Learn
Preview
00:39
6 pages

Learn about "To Be" in Cantonese, how to form negative verbs, and solve the mystery of the weird verb "To Have".

Negative Verb Assignment
Article
Negative Verb Answer Key
00:51
Section 5: Asking Questions
What You'll Learn
00:47
Ahhh?
01:27
10 pages

This dense lecture teaches you how to ask questions in Cantonese.

Questions Assigment
Article
Questions Answer Key
01:53
Section 6: Answering Questions
What You'll Learn
00:24
Answering Positively
3 pages
Answering Negatively
3 pages
Section 7: Adjectives
What You'll Learn
00:37
6 pages

Learn how to form adjectives and turn them into verbs!

Adjective Assignments
Article
Adjectives Answer Key
00:50
Ge3 Answer Key
01:04
Section 8: Mine!... O, yours?
What You'll Learn
00:45
5 pages

This lecture teaches you about pronouns in Cantonese and how to form possessive sentences.

Possession Assignment
Article
Possession Answer Key
00:38
Section 9: Past, Future, And Present Tense
What You'll Learn
00:45
11 pages

Learn how to be very flexible with verb usage.

Tense Assignments
Article
Tense Answer Key
05:56
Section 10: Helpful Grammar and Phrases
What You'll Learn
00:42
Hong Kong Speaking Habits
00:46
12 pages

Useful phrases and grammar to help you sound more fluent!

Location Assignment
Article
Location Answer Key
01:04
Section 11: Numbers And Counting
What You'll Learn
00:47
3 pages

Learn how to count in Cantonese and use some basic noun classifiers.

Section 12: Time
What You'll Learn
00:43
What You Need To Know About Time
1 page
Time Assignment
Article
Time Answer Key
01:30
Section 13: Listening Comprehension
Dialogue 1 - Driving
01:06
Dialogue 1 Transcript
4 pages
Dialogue 2 - Shopping
01:00
Dialogue 2 Transcript
3 pages
Section 14: Supplements For Cantonese Learning
Congratulations!
01:15
The Best Cantonese Dictionary EVER
1 page
04:11

Watch a Cantonese rap video, and see how the speaking patterns and pronunciation change in this type of music

10:03

This is a popular children's cartoon episode spoken in Cantonese with English subtitles. When you are first learning a language, it's a very good practice to watch children's shows in your target language. Why? Because the language is spoken fluently, but in a simplistic manner.

The Very End, Thank You
00:42

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Instructor Biography

Ron Happold, Teacher and Language Learner

My passion is teaching and inspiring people through online courses!

Every course I make stems from my own passions in life - I guarantee if you enroll in any of my courses, you will be filled with genuine knowledge and appreciation for the subject.

My main course topic is language learning, I believe that anyone and everyone should learn at least one foreign language. The problem is that the language learning process has been mystified by commercial language programs. My goal is to demystify the process, and teach people the easy, straightforward path to learning a new language.

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