Cantonese Resources

Learning resources I have collected over the years. Categorized, and with comments or mini-reviews.

I’ve used almost all of these at least a little throughout my studies. Share the link to this content to anyone who may find this useful!

DISCLAIMER: I won’t claim these are definitive, top resources. I may praise some of them but there could be better sites out there. These are simply what I’ve come across and have indeed found useful and worth keeping.

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General Resources

hisnibs.com: uranus_2018 – Affordable pen, one side ballpoint, the other foam brush. Not the exact feel of authentic calligraphy, but a great portable option that can give great results.

My YouTube Playlist – Not a whole lot in here, but this is what I’ve collected so far. I even have 3 videos teaching beginner French, so it may serve as beginner / intermediate listening practice while starting a little French. Just posting this to start you off; once you start watching, you’ll surely find more through related videos.

cantonese.hk – A blog on the Cantonese-learning experience of an Australian. No longer updated, but along with the inspirational / attitude / methodology posts, there are some really good articles showing videos and maybe some learning resources.

Wikipedia: Cantonese Grammar – An overview of the grammar, including differences from Mandarin.

cantonese.sheik.co.uk – The home of CantoDict, the main reason I come to this website; a simple dictionary, but tends to provide good examples and related words and phrases, and will tell you if a tone changes in speech. Great resource. Mainly providing revision sheets / tables for review or study vocabulary. Doesn’t have a lot for lessons, though the article on Cantonese particles is pretty nice.

Youtube: Sp3ctre18’s Cantonese Playlist – My playlist of Cantonese lessons.

Input Methods for Computers, etc. (IME)

PinyinJoe.com– The site to go to for learning about various Chinese inputs on almost ANY computer system and mobile phone.

Cantonese Phonetic IME – Free Java-based Cantonese IME for download. This sort of things is usually NOT in the pre-installed methods on computers and phones, because phonetic systems tend to be used more for Mandarin, while visual- or stroke-based methods are more common for Cantonese. However, as a Cantonese learner, at least at first you’ll probably be working with a romanization system to learn to pronounce Cantonese, so this will help you to type it out using such systems. Support Yale, Jyutping, and others.

How-To Wiki: Learn to Type in Chinese with Cangjie – Once you’re ready (if you so choose) to tackle a visual-based input method, you can start here. I would print out the pictures for reference / study. You don’t have to worry about the software (you need to already know how to read anyway). Find your own way to study and start with Step 2, or….

CocoaNutsTech: Cangjie Input – The step-by-step walkthrough to learning Cangjie that I used. Start learning by clicking “8 Steps to Learn Cangjie.” Note that this is an OLD site; you can’t use the tutoring program even if you wanted to; it’s too old. I have found no other online walkthrough to learning Cangjie. I recommend making up mnemonics to remember what key is what. Although this person is referring to other languages (a good tip!), you can get started with this idea.

 

Structured Lessons / Courses

 

CantonesePod – Although lesson 1 doesn’t have one, most (all?) of the other lessons seem to have a write-up / summary on the same webpage.

 

Random / Unstructured Lessons

 

WordReference.com: If you are not busy – How to ask if someone is available to meet.

CantonesePod: Lesson 10: I am Busy in Cantonese – The basic pattern of saying [something] is [adjective]. Includes saying that one is busy, which a beginner would probably be interested in.

 

 

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