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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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CantoneseClass101.com
Friday at 6:30 pm
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What parts of Cantonese Pronunciation are still difficult for you?

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Sunday at 1:18 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 7:39 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....

Cantoneseclass@101.com
Saturday at 11:15 pm
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Hello Jasper,


Thank you for your comment and valuable feedback. Since it is a review lesson so the speed is a bit faster than the speed of the lessons you mentioned. We are sorry that the speed is still too fast for you. We will make a note of the speed problem and thank you so much for your advice especially for the future reference.


Siuling

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Jasper
Saturday at 6:24 am
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Like the others mentioned, the speaking pace is way too fast. There should at least be a slowed down pronunciation along with the fast pace. The previous lessons were done very well for beginners but this one seems out of place. The survival phrases series is better at this type of lesson because the speaker pronounces it both regular and slow paces.

Cantoneseclass101.comVerified
Friday at 12:12 pm
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Hi Steven,


I understand how you feel. Just do more practice of the pronunciation and you will see the improvement day by day.


Siuling

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Cantoneseclass101.comVerified
Wednesday at 1:00 am
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Hi Jeff,


Yes, I think watching TV shows or films in Cantonese is a very good idea for listening practice. You can also check out the Cantoneseclass101.com you tube channel. Lots of fun and useful learning practices for you. :thumbsup:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mv6wp_h2O4c


Siuling


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Jeff
Wednesday at 3:17 pm
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I think this lesson series is essential viewing for anyone just starting out with this difficult language. Some of the tones are quiet subtle when listening to the recorded phrases, but I guess it will get easier with more listening practice. I think I need to start watching tv shows/films in Cantonese and that should help a lot.

Cantoneseclass101.comVerified
Wednesday at 3:11 pm
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Hi Emily,


Thank you for your question. I suggest you to check out this link. (The Cantonese tones)

https://www.cantoneseclass101.com/2011/05/03/pronunciation-2-the-cantonese-tones/


It clearly explains the Cantonese 6 tones which is very useful for learning to recognize them. :smile:


Siuling


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Emily
Monday at 11:02 pm
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The speed at which the phrases were said are very overwhelming in this video and I struggled to pick out the tones / tonal changes. Any tips for learning to recognise them?

CantoneseClass101
Saturday at 4:48 pm
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Hi Grace,


Yes, start slowly and make sure the pronunciation is accurate before picking up the speed! The good thing about this is you can do it at your pace, and watch the video as many times as yo want :wink:

Also, when practicing the pronunciation, say it out loud instead of in your head, that really helps!

Keep up the good work! :thumbsup:


Olivia =)

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