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Hi everyone.
Welcome to The Ultimate Cantonese Pronunciation Guide.
You've made it to the last lesson! Do you feel more confident about speaking in Cantonese now?
In the previous lessons, you've learned all the core elements of Cantonese pronunciation. In this lesson, we'll bring everything together and practice making complete sentences in Cantonese!
Let's practice!
Make sure to practice out loud with this lesson!
You know all the parts and pieces, but can you speak Cantonese with a natural accent?
If you've been quiet up until now, be sure to speak out loud with (host name)'s examples!
We're making the jump to real phrases that you might use in Hong Kong. Let's go!
You probably knew this phrase before you started this series, but did you know how to pronounce it correctly?
Give it a shot!
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唔該,我想買飛。(m4 goi1, ngo5 soeng2 maai5 fei1)
唔該,我想買飛。(m4 goi1, ngo5 soeng2 maai5 fei1)
Did you pronounce the syllabic m- and ng- sound correctly? It should be pronounced.....
Try one more time after (host name).
唔該,我想買飛。(m4 goi1, ngo5 soeng2 maai5 fei1)
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唔該,我想買飛。(m4 goi1, ngo5 soeng2 maai5 fei1)
We covered this sound in lesson 5. So if you still haven't mastered it, go back to review the lesson.
Now try something a bit longer.
Take a moment and try to figure out how to pronounce this phrase. Remember everything you learned about consonant and vowel sounds!
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唔該,我想買十張飛,得唔得? (m4 goi1, ngo5 soeng2 maai5 sap6 zoeng1 fei1, dak1 m4 dak1?)
唔該,我想買十張飛,得唔得?(m4 goi1, ngo5 soeng2 maai5 sap6 zoeng1 fei1, dak1 m4 dak1?)
Did you remember to cut the air at the final stop from this phrase?
Remember, final P, T, and K are unreleased stops in Cantonese. This means that you have to articulate the sound without releasing the air at the end.
Try once more. 唔該,我想買十張飛,得唔得?(m4 goi1, ngo5 soeng2 maai5 sap6 zoeng1 fei1, dak1 m4 dak1?)
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唔該,我想買十張飛,得唔得?(m4 goi1, ngo5 soeng2 maai5 sap6 zoeng1 fei1, dak1 m4 dak1?)
Ready for the next one?
How would you pronounce this sentence? Pay particular attention to the tones.
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一早過嚟冇事 (jat1 zou2 gwo3 lei4 mou5 si6)
一早過嚟冇事 (jat1 zou2 gwo3 lei4 mou5 si6)
Did you pronounce all the tones correctly? The first syllable should be pronounced with the 1st tone. The second syllable is in the 2nd tone. The third syllable is in the 3rd tone, and so on.
If you remembered those, you're doing great! Try once more!
一早過嚟冇事 (jat1 zou2 gwo3 lei4 mou5 si6)
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一早過嚟冇事 (jat1 zou2 gwo3 lei4 mou5 si6)
Here's your final sentence. Think for a while and try saying it out loud.
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你弟弟幾多歲? (nei5 dai4 dai2 gei2 do1 seoi3?)
你弟弟幾多歲? (nei5 dai4 dai2 gei2 do1 seoi3?)
Do you remember the tone changes from the last lesson? Familial nouns with identical characters require you to change the first syllable to the fourth tone, and the second syllable to the first or second tone.
What about this sound? Did you make sure to dip the first syllable of "younger brother" to tone 4, and lift the second syllable to tone 2?
你弟弟幾多歲? (nei5 dai4 dai2 gei2 do1 seoi3?)
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你弟弟幾多歲? (nei5 dai4 dai2 gei2 do1 seoi3?)
How did it go? Do you feel like you have a better accent than you did at the beginning of this series?
What parts of Cantonese Pronunciation are still difficult for you?
Good luck as you continue learning Cantonese! Bye!

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Friday at 06:30 PM
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What parts of Cantonese Pronunciation are still difficult for you?

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Tuesday at 03:50 PM
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Hi William Liao,


I think it may be related to the speaker's pronunciation issue. It should be no "h" sound in it. 😉


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William Liao
Thursday at 12:11 PM
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Hi,


Then why do I sometimes hear the extra h sound when it is not in the Jyutping?


Thanks, William

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Tuesday at 02:38 PM
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Hi William,


Thanks for your question.

No, they are different. It should be just c, s, and z sound. 😉


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William
Tuesday at 12:24 AM
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Hi,


Yes, I have a question about the pronunciation of the consonants c, s, and z in Cantonese. In some words such as 'zou6' and 'syu1,' the z and the s sound like zh and sh. So zou6 sounds like zhou6 and syu1 sounds like shyu1. Can c, s, and z be pronounced as ch, sh, and zh? Or am I just hearing the cantonese wrong?


Thanks, William.

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Wednesday at 10:46 AM
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Hi Pauline Smith,


Thanks for posting.

Yes, it may confuse Cantonese learners.

Actually, we don't notice that there are tonal changes. We just know that we need to pronounce like that. 😅


Ada

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Pauline Smith
Tuesday at 09:58 AM
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😞tonal changes!! a big problem - particularly if it changes meaning - are cantonese people understanding?

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Tuesday at 08:40 AM
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Hello Connor,


Thank you for your comment. 😇

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

We wish you good luck with your language studies.


Kind regards,

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Connor
Monday at 12:23 PM
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For anyone that is having trouble with speaking it as quickly as Teddy and getting the tones and sounds proper, It took me at least 30 listens on each sentence. Plus I had to record myself on my phone to see if everything sounded similar to her. I'd play her then play myself until I was happy with it.

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Sunday at 01:18 PM
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Hello Kim,


想(soeng2) should be in second tone.

You can take a look of the different lesson and listen to another speaker`s pronunciation. 😄

Food in Hong Kong

https://www.cantoneseclass101.com/lesson/upper-beginner-18-food-in-hong-kong/


Thank you for your hard work.


Siuling

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Kim
Wednesday at 07:39 PM
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For the phrase "I want to buy", Teddy pronounced "soeng2" without the rising tone sound and it's more like "soeng3". I tried slowing down the video speed to 0.5x and 0.75x and it was the same. Is the pronounciation for Tone 2 more "relaxed" because it follows a word with Tone 5 (ngo5)??? Really confused....