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Learn Cantonese Chinese through conversations

Travel to Hong Kong and be whisked away by the sweeping skyscrapers, the deep waters of the Victoria Harbour, and the rich history of one of the world’s most influential cities. Cantonese is an official language in Hong Kong and Macau, and it is spoken by approximately 62 million people worldwide.

Grammar Notes

No interpretation is created equal. Grammar Notes, color-coding, and features that focus on specific grammatical nuances between target and source language strengthens your understanding of Cantonese language structure.

Culture Notes

Etiquette, body language, gestures — set the mood. Culture Notes provide a backdrop to learning material and let the Cantonese culture come alive, setting you up to forge deeper connections with Cantonese culture and make a positive impression.

Vocabulary

Critical thinking and memory-building exercises blend new vocabulary into lesson progress, allowing you to pick up on the structure of your target language so you can apply new content that will be presented in various contexts throughout the course.

Pronunciation

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Course Overview

Learn Cantonese Chinese language basics, from common phrases all the way to more advanced concepts

Cantonese Chinese

Main Units

Our main language course that contains the core content.

  • 1Building the Basics
  • Chapter 1 - Salutations and Small Talk
  • Chapter 2 - Languages and Origins
  • Chapter 3 - Names and Introductions
  • Chapter 4 - Places and Directions
  • Chapter 5 - Currency and Counting
  • Chapter 6 - Food and Drink Culture
  • Chapter 7 - Transportation and Payment
  • Chapter 8 - Help and Requests
  • Chapter 9 - Compliments and Corrections
  • Chapter 10 - Clarification and Explanation

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Salutations and Small Talk

Conversational Goals

  • Express Gratitude
  • Greet People
  • Make Small Talk with Strangers
  • Say Goodbye

Grammar Goals

  • Form Questions Using the Particles 嗎 and 呢
  • Recognize the Various Cantonese Tones
  • Use the Statement Particle 啊
  • Use 唔 for Negation

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Languages and Origins

Conversational Goals

  • Ask / Tell If Someone Speaks a Language
  • Ask / Tell Where Someone Is From
  • Get Someone's Attention

Grammar Goals

  • Create Questions Using the "Verb + Not + Verb" Structure
  • Form Plural Personal Pronouns with 哋
  • Use the Question Particle 嘎

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - Names and Introductions

Conversational Goals

  • Ask Someone's Name
  • Become Familiar with Chinese Names
  • Introduce Yourself
  • Respond to Introductions
  • Say That You Are Not Someone or Something

Grammar Goals

  • Express the Possessive Form of Nouns and Pronouns
  • Understand When to Use and Omit the Copula Verb "To Be"
  • Use the Correct Form 認識 or 識 to Say "To Know"

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Places and Directions

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for Directions
  • Get Help Finding Places Using a Map
  • Identify Important Places and Facilities Around Town
  • Understand Directions as They Are Given to You

Grammar Goals

  • Correctly Use the "Verb + Not + Verb" to Ask Questions
  • Distinguish Between 唔該 and 多謝
  • Recognize Various Uses of the Preposition 喺

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - Currency and Counting

Conversational Goals

  • Count up to 99
  • Deal with Currency
  • Negotiate Basic Transactions at Stores

Grammar Goals

  • Form Comparative Adjectives
  • Learn to Use the Measure Word 張
  • Practice Plural Personal Pronouns

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 6 - Food and Drink Culture

Conversational Goals

  • Gain Insight for the Chinese Food Culture
  • Order Drinks and Meals
  • Understand Common Phrases Used at Restaurants

Grammar Goals

  • Create Sentences with Topical Structure
  • Learn to Use the Auxiliary Verb 想
  • Learn to Use the Measure Words 杯 and 籠

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 7 - Transportation and Payment

Conversational Goals

  • Ask / Tell Whether One Can Use Something
  • Deal with Large Numbers
  • Handle Currency with Ease
  • Ride a Taxi and Pay the Fare

Grammar Goals

  • Count from 100 to 9999
  • Get Practice on the Word Order
  • Practice Forming Question and Negative Sentences

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 8 - Help and Requests

Conversational Goals

  • Accept / Decline Help
  • Ask / Tell What Trouble One Is In
  • Ask for / Offer Help
  • Gain Knowledge of Emergency Services

Grammar Goals

  • Connect Two Phrases with 就
  • Quantify Specific Things Using the Measure Word 種

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 9 - Compliments and Corrections

Conversational Goals

  • Ask and Tell How One's Performance Is
  • Ask and Tell What Something Is
  • Give and Respond to a Compliment
  • Request to Repeat, Slow Down, or Speak Up
  • Tell Someone That You Are Learning Something

Grammar Goals

  • Express a Current Action with 緊
  • Form Comparative Adjectives
  • Practice the Particle 嚟㗎 to Strengthen an Assertion or Question
  • Use The Particle 得 to Indicate the Degree of Complement

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 10 - Clarification and Explanation

Conversational Goals

  • Ask and Answer What a Word or Phrase Means
  • Ask and Answer What a Written Word or Phrase Says
  • Communicate One's Ability to Understand Something
  • Express Gratitude for a Past Deed
  • Request and Agree to Speak in a Particular Language

Grammar Goals

  • Form Sentences with Serial Verb Phrases
  • Practice Using 喺 with Location Words
  • Use the post-verbal particle 住

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