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Keuih haih sing Wohng ge. The high falling tone in Cantonese undergoes tone sandhi in certain position, as follows: Keuih haih mhhaih S euhng- hoiyahn a?

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What we have done to handle the problem of limited structures and vocabulary is to plan the lessons so that certain topics and forms don’t come up until rather late in the course.

Repeat loud and clear during the pause after each syllable or group of syllables. Listen and watch for differences in eu sound: Yihga neihdeih jihgei mahn, 2. Linda Birkner of the FSI secretarial staff assisted in readying the camera copy for publication.


This h is silent and simply indicates lower cantonesse. Keuih haih mhhaih Is he an American? Hoh Sinsaang sik gong Seuhnghoiwa.

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The purpose of the drills is to make the vocabulary and sentence structures sink in and become speech habits, so that the student understands spoken Cantonese without having to translate mentally and speaks fluently and grammatically at natural speed without awkward hesitation and groping for words. Leih sur Li Americans of Chinese descent in the U. In preparing this book we at first planned to make a Cantonese-Mandarin grammatical appendix to list the grammatically different struotures, the idea being that they were listable, being so few of them.

Ho if he also is from Kwangtung. An example from Lesson 1 is mh. Question and Answer Drill Ex: I am a Chinese. It is inappropriate to refer to oneself by title in a social situation. What is your name? cangonese

You are an Englishman. Can Americans speak Cantonese? Joigin Ph Goodbye 9. For me, the air release for 1 is from both sides. Tongue position for vowels is described in vertical terms and in horizontal terms. Neih haih ngoh pahngyauh. Keuihdeih gong meyeh wa a? To make the -eung sound, pretend through the – eu part that you are going to say -eu.


The teacher will say each sentence several times to help you become familiar with the instructions. What we call sentence suffixes are also called “final particles” and “sentence finals. Keuihdeih slk gong Gwongdungwa.

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Don’t look at your book s. Repeat after each syllable in the pause provided. The tongue pressing against the roof of the mouth stops the flow of air entirely, then lets go and allows the air to flow through again, accompanied by a puff of air.

The literal meaning of gwai- “precious, valuable. See BC and Drill 2, 3, 7 Absence of Subject-Verb concord. Cantohese speak Mandarin Are they speaking Mandarin? At a doctor’s office, or in registering for school ‘What is your name 1 would be more apt to be asked as ‘ Sing meyeh?

Different position of the tongue and other members of the mouth forms the third element in producing speech sounds.