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About This Blog

I created this blog hoping it could possibly become one of the better resources on the Internet for learning the Cantonese language. I will try my hardest to cover just about everything this language has to offer, from vocabulary to grammar, slang to age-old idioms. Cantonese is a wonderful and rich language, and I hope to empower you with the skills and experience to start learning effectively.

Disclaimer: This site is a continuous work of progress. Please continue to check back on pages you may have already seen because more examples and material could have been posted since you last viewed it.

Before Getting Started…

Understand that learning any language is a long and arduous task, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! In this guide, I will attempt to keep things short and lively due to my belief that writing and speaking in a formal manner often leads to nodding heads and beauty sleeps. Cantonese is an especially tough one for Westerners. Perhaps the best example would be the script. People often take one look at the Chinese characters and think that you need to memorize several thousand of these weird symbols and become discouraged. This is where I come in and try to make this task not so daunting. It’s tough at first, but just about anything is, really. Again, it doesn’t have to be hard if you don’t make it. I can guide you along the way. So, if you’re serious about learning this fantastic language, I want you to check your doubt and insecurities at the door!

There are several things you need to know and do before even touching the meat of this project. First off, your computer needs to be able to read Chinese. It’s not necessary to type but I will have a section on that as well. You can also check the Resources page for more information. Second, I will be using linguistic and phonology terminology from time to time so it might be to your advantage to learn the lingo. Next, you’ll need a primer as to what Cantonese is and what it entails, where it came from, and perhaps maybe even where it’s heading. Over the course of this project, I’ll also try to include relevant and random tidbits on Cantonese culture over the course of this project. Last, try to understand that while I am trying to make this site one of the better resources out there for Cantonese, you absolutely cannot make this your be-all end-all resource. There’s so much to learn, and I certainly haven’t learned them all myself! Again, I will have plenty of resources listed to keep yourself occupied. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get started!

Note: I am by no means a fluent Cantonese speaker. If there are typos or mistakes, please feel free to point them out! There will be comment boxes at the bottom of each page, except the table of contents.

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