Chinese (Cantonese)

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.

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Building the Basics

Click a topic below to see the grammar goals and conversational goals for each chapter.

  • Salutations and Small Talk

    Building the Basics

    Salutations and Small Talk

    • Express Gratitude
    • Greet People
    • Make Small Talk with Strangers
    • Say Goodbye
    • Form Questions Using the Particles and
    • Recognize the Various Cantonese Tones
    • Use the Statement Particle
    • Use for Negation
  • Languages and Origins

    Building the Basics

    Languages and Origins

    • Ask / Tell If Someone Speaks a Language
    • Ask / Tell Where Someone Is From
    • Get Someone's Attention
    • Create Questions Using the "Verb + Not + Verb" Structure
    • Form Plural Personal Pronouns with
    • Use the Question Particle
  • Names and Introductions

    Building the Basics

    Names and Introductions

    • Ask Someone's Name
    • Become Familiar with Chinese Names
    • Introduce Yourself
    • Respond to Introductions
    • Say That You Are Not Someone or Something
    • 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 to Say "To Know"
  • Places and Directions

    Building the Basics

    Places and Directions

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

    Building the Basics

    Currency and Counting

    • Count up to 99
    • Deal with Currency
    • Negotiate Basic Transactions at Stores
    • Form Comparative Adjectives
    • Learn to Use the Measure Word
    • Practice Plural Personal Pronouns
  • Food and Drink Culture

    Building the Basics

    Food and Drink Culture

    • Gain Insight for the Chinese Food Culture
    • Order Drinks and Meals
    • Understand Common Phrases Used at Restaurants
    • Create Sentences with Topical Structure
    • Learn to Use the Auxiliary Verb
    • Learn to Use the Measure Words and
  • Transportation and Payment

    Building the Basics

    Transportation and Payment

    • Ask / Tell Whether One Can Use Something
    • Deal with Large Numbers
    • Handle Currency with Ease
    • Ride a Taxi and Pay the Fare
    • Count from 100 to 9999
    • Get Practice on the Word Order
    • Practice Forming Question and Negative Sentences
  • Help and Requests

    Building the Basics

    Help and Requests

    • Accept / Decline Help
    • Ask / Tell What Trouble One Is In
    • Ask for / Offer Help
    • Gain Knowledge of Emergency Services
    • Connect Two Phrases with
    • Quantify Specific Things Using the Measure Word
  • Compliments and Corrections

    Building the Basics

    Compliments and Corrections

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

    Building the Basics

    Clarification and Explanation

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