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Tips for expats to learn Cantonese

2019-March-18       Source: GDTV Net

In Guangzhou, Big Ha is known as a legendary figure. He has excellent Mandarin writing and listening skills.
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在广州,大哈是“神”一样的存在

In Guangzhou, Big Ha is known as a legendary figure.

拥有“十级”的超强听读写能力

He has excellent Mandarin writing and listening skills.

你最好期许如果你跟我一样努力

(Jay Chou’s lyrics) You'd better hope

你最好期许如果你跟我一样努力

that you might be as hardworking as I am.

可是 当他在广州遇到这样的外国人

However, upon meeting a foreigner like this in Guangzhou.

姨妈而家去宜家家俬买而家岩用既宜家家俬

(Cantonese tongue-twister) My aunt went to IKEA

姨妈而家去宜家家俬买而家岩用既宜家家俬

to buy IKEA furniture.

麦当娜约左麦当雄去麦当劳道个间麦当劳食麦皮捞当归

Madonna asked McDonald to go to McDonald Road

麦当娜约左麦当雄去麦当劳道个间麦当劳食麦皮捞当归

for McDonald's to eat oatmeal mixed with Angelica sinensis.

哎呀 有什么难的 很简单

That doesn't sound difficult at all.

麦当劳……

McDonald's…

去麦当劳……

Go to McDonald's

麦当劳……

McDonald's…

去麦当劳……

Go to McDonald's

吃麦片……

to eat oatmeal.

哎呀 小马大哈节目组是不是不要我了

Does the Little Ma Big Ha program want me out?

你找他过来要做什么呀

Why did you ask him to come here today?

你想太多了

You overthink things!

你不是说今年想学好粤语吗

Didn’t you say you want to learn Cantonese this year?

瓦夏是我今天给你请来的粤语老师

This is the Cantonese teacher

瓦夏是我今天给你请来的粤语老师

I wanted to introduce you to, Vasily.

嘿嘿 唔好意思 无吓亲你吧

I hope I didn’t scare you off just now.

瓦夏老师

Mr. Vasily,

我拼音学得还不错

I am quite good at pinyin.

我知道普通话有四个音调

I know there are four tones in Mandarin.

粤语也可以用这四个音调吗

Can I use these tones to learn Cantonese?

其实粤语音调要比普通话要复杂点

Honestly, Cantonese is a lot more complicated than Mandarin.

有六声九调

Cantonese has nine tones.

我教你

Let me teach you.

诗、史、试、时、市、是、色、锡、食

Xi1, xi2, xi3, xi4, xi5, xi6, xig1, ség3, xig6.

其实粤语的六声九调还不算最难

Mastering these nine tones is not the most difficult part.

最难的是什么呢

The most difficult part is actually

是粤语变调现象和文白读之分

learning the different pronunciations for particular characters.

例如

For example,

名词的名

the Cantonese word “名字,” meaning noun in English.

文读是名

The pronunciation of 名 in written Cantonese is “ming4,”

但白读是名

however, sometimes it is pronounced as “méng2" in spoken Cantonese.

你叫乜名的名是白读

“Med1 méng2” means, "What’s your name?"

你叫乜名的名是白读

We read it as “méng2” in the Cantonese word “乜名.”

还有正式的正

The Cantonese word “正” has different pronunciations

还有正式的正

in written and spoken Cantonese too.

文读是正

“正” is pronounced “jing3” in the word “正式”

文读是正

in written Cantonese.

它的白读是好正

But “正”is pronounced “zéng3” in the word “好正”

好正的正

in spoken Cantonese.

你在说什么

What are you talking about?

听不懂啊

I have no idea what you just said.

声调这么复杂

As the tones are so difficult,

你平时是怎么练习的?

how do you usually go about practising them?

首先我向你推荐一本书吧

First of all,I would like to recommend a textbook for you.

叫《粤语学习25讲》

It is called “25 Lectures of Cantonese.”

这套教材可以系统帮你学粤语

This textbook can help you learn Cantonese systematically,

和学习粤语的使用“套路”

and teach you the most authentic of Cantonese phrases.

还有

Also,

我现在每天会保持晨读的习惯

I persist in reading every morning.

今天只有残留的驱壳

Today, only my body remains.

还会找老广聊天

I often chat with the locals.

小马 最近湿气好重

Little Ma,you have a lot of humidity in your body,

你有没有喝凉茶

so you need to drink some herbal tea.

关你什么事啊

Is that any of your business?

对了

By the way,

粤语这么难

Cantonese is so challenging to learn,

为什么你要学粤语呢

so why do you still insist on learning Cantonese?

广州离香港澳门这么近

You know, Guangzhou is so close to Hong Kong and Macao.

现在粤港澳大湾区规划又出来了

Also, as the Outline Development Plan

现在粤港澳大湾区规划又出来了

for the Guangdong-Hongkong-Macao Greater Bay Area

现在粤港澳大湾区规划又出来了

has been released,

学识粤语

learning Cantonese may help me

以后多条出路

discover more employment opportunities.

对哦

That makes sense!

以后城市间的交流合作一定更多

There will be more exchanges and cooperation

以后城市间的交流合作一定更多

between cities in the future.

我也要赶快学好粤语才行

I also need to learn Cantonese as soon as possible.

Source: GDTV WORLD

Editor: Monica Liu

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