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Friday Odds & Ends (videos galore!)

Friday Odds & Ends (videos galore!)

Finally finished an involved language project with Jessica. I almost bit off more than I had energy to chew with this. In Cantonese, it’s not enough to jot down how a word sounds; you need to have the intonation burned into your brain. I looked all over the internet for the kind of Cantonese video I … Continue reading

Cantonese versus Mandarin

Cantonese versus Mandarin

Mandarin is easier (4 tones instead of 9), spoken by 10 times more people, but for me Cantonese wins because… um… I’m in Hong Kong. So guess what people are not speaking here: Mandarin. Everyone speaks English in HK, so I don’t need to know Canto for any practical reason. I’m just curious about things I overhear … Continue reading

How to learn Cantonese for free in Hong Kong

How to learn Cantonese for free in Hong Kong

I’m a believer in not having to pay for something you can get for free, and learning Cantonese is no different. Especially if you’re in Hong Kong! 1. Download this free podcast off itunes: Naked Cantonese. It’s awesome. (I have no idea why it’s called Naked Cantonese…) Cecilie is a Norwegian lady on a mission … Continue reading

A square is a mouth!

A square is a mouth!

I only like simple Chinese symbols. So not this one: It probably means “guy tripping another guy while trying to open an umbrella.” That’s what it looks like. Well forget that symbol! I hate it anyways. Check out this beauty: Guess what it means. Mouth. A simple square is a mouth! I love it. From … Continue reading