Beginning Cantonese

by Prof. Dana Scott Bourgerie

Table of Contents

Units

  1. Hái Jūnggwok Jūngsān Daaihhohkge Haauhyùhn Chāantēng (At the Zhongshan University Cafeteria in China)
  2. Gàatìhng Sìhngyùhn (Family Members)
  3. Jòu Fóng (Renting a Room)
  4. Hái Pàhngyáuh Ūkkéi Sihkfaahn (At a Friend's House for Dinner)
  5. Hái Chāangún Sihkfaahn (Eating at a Restaurant)
  6. Tìnhei (Weather)
  7. Hái Syùdim (At the Bookstore)
  8. Hái Baahkfo Gūngsī (At the Department Store)
  9. Hái Choi Síhchèuhng (At the Food Market)
  10. Tóuleuhn Hohkjaahp Gaiwaahk (Discussing Study Plans)
  11. Gaaisiuh Pàhngyáuh (Introductions)
  12. Kàhmyaht tùhng lóuhsì ge mihntaam (Yesterday's meeting with the Teacher)
  13. Yīfuhk (Clothing)
  14. Léuihhàahng (Travelling)
  15. Hái Ngàhnhòhng (At the Bank)
  16. Tái Yīsāng (Seeing the Doctor)
  17. Wán gùng (Finding Work)
  18. Hái Yàuhguhk (At the Post Office)
  19. KālāOK (Karaoke)
  20. Sunghàhng (The Airport)

Introduction to the Chinese Language

  1. The Cantonese Language
    1. Background
    2. The Basic Structure
    3. Special Features
    4. More on Particles
  2. The Chinese Writing System and Cantonese
    1. The Standard Writing System of Cantonese
    2. Some Background on the Chinese Writing System
    3. Simplified vs. Traditional Characters
    4. Vernacular and Special Cantonese Characters
  3. Romanization Systems
  4. Tone Correspondences Between Mandarin and Cantonese
  5. Dictionaries and Other References on Cantonese

Supplemental Videos

  1. Numbers (female)
  2. Numbers (male)
  3. Finger Game #1
  4. Finger Game #2
  5. A Poem
  6. A Song

Grammar and Vocabulary

  1. Terminology for the Chinese Language
  2. Some Common Courses of Study
  3. From a Cantonese Restaurant Menu
  4. Menu (Chinese Character Version)
  5. Time
  6. Dates
  7. Names
  8. Greetings
  9. Weather
  10. Numbers
  11. Shopping
  12. Department Store
  13. Money Samples
  14. Study Vocabulary and Classroom Terms
  15. Housing
  16. Measures and Weights
  17. Bank Vocabulary
  18. Body Parts
  19. Clothing and Accessories
  20. Colors
  21. Department Store Vocabulary
  22. Directions and Locations
  23. Introductions and Terms of Address
  24. Occupations
  25. Postal Terms
  26. Sports and Games
  27. Terms for Illness and Medical Situations
  28. Transportation Terms
  29. Travelling Vocabulary

Additional Notes

  1. Conventions and Grammatical Terms
  2. Particles
  3. Greetings
  4. Variation Notes
  5. Family Relationships
  6. Place Names
  7. Map of Asia
  8. Celsius vs. Farenheit
  9. Hong Kong Weather Report
  10. Chinese Weather Report
  11. A Bookstore Receipt
  12. An Advertisement
  13. NameCards
  14. The Chinese Zodiac
  15. Zodiac Animals
  16. Red Envelopes
  17. Map of Hong Kong
  18. Bank Receipt
  19. Music Terms
  20. Gift giving