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 …
I’m so happy to officially introduce Rico! He was kind enough to share this tongue twister he’s been trying to teach me.
And not some memorized, pre-fab joke. Anyone can do that.
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 …
Every morning I hear this as the elevator arrives at my floor at work.
I’m serious. A Cantonese speaker and a Mandarin speaker both read the same Chinese.
In Cantonese, what sounds like the N-word, is actually “this one” or “that one.”