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Hi everyone.
Welcome to The Ultimate Cantonese Pronunciation Guide.
In this lesson, you'll learn 8 Cantonese consonants.
f, h, j, g-/-k, k, gw, kw, l
These consonant sounds are identical to the ones in English, so they should already be familiar to you. But there are some sounds that are further distinguished in Cantonese, so you'll have to isolate them from particular English words.
Are you ready? Then let's get started!
The first consonant is...
f
化 (faa3)
課 (fo3)
啡 (fei1)
Like the F in the word 'find'.
f, f (slowly)
f, f (slowly)
The next consonant is...
h
河 (ho4)
靴 (hoe1)
好 (hou2)
Like the H in the word 'house'.
h, h (slowly)
h, h (slowly)
The next consonant is...
j
日 (jat6)
約 (joek3)
也 (jaa5)
This sound is represented by the letter J but it sounds like the Y in the word 'you'.
j, j (slowly)
j, j (slowly)
The next consonant is...
g-, -k
嫁 (gaa3)
故 (gu3)
落 (lok6)
This sound is represented by the letter G in the initial position, or the letter K in the final position. It sounds like the K in the word 'ski'.
Be careful though, because it isn't like the K in 'kite'. Place your hand in front of your mouth and pronounce 'ski' and 'kite'. Compare the K sounds in both of these words. Notice how there's a burst of air in 'kite', but none in 'ski'. There should not be a burst of air when you pronounce this sound. Listen to (host name).
g-, -k, g-, -k (slowly)
g-, -k, g-, -k (slowly)
The next consonant is...
k
卡 (kaa1)
箍 (ku1)
契 (kai3)
This sound is represented by the letter K. It sounds like the K in 'kite'. Ensure that there's a burst of air when you pronounce this sound. Listen to (host name).
k, k (slowly)
k, k (slowly)
The next consonant is...
gw
卦 (gwaa3)
過 (gwo3)
貴 (gwai3)
This is like a KW type sound. It's very similar to the sound the letters QU make in the words 'square' or 'squeak'. There should not be a burst of air when you pronounce this sound. Listen to (host name).
gw, gw (slowly)
gw, gw (slowly)
The next consonant is...
kw
誇 (kwaa1)
規 (kwai1)
葵 (kwai4)
This is similar to the previous sound, but you *should* release a burst of air when you pronounce this sound. It's very similar to the sound the letters QU makes in words like 'quiet' or 'quaint'.
kw, kw (slowly)
kw, kw (slowly)
And the final consonant sound for this lesson is...
l
老 (lou5)
罅 (laa3)
羅 (lo4)
Like the L in the word 'let'.
l, l (slowly)
l, l (slowly)
Well done! You just learned your first 8 consonants in Cantonese.
f, h, j, g-/-k, k, gw, kw, l
In the next lesson, you'll learn another 8 consonant sounds in Cantonese.
Was seeing the pronunciation illustrations helpful? Please comment and share your thoughts.
See you in the next Ultimate Cantonese Pronunciation Guide lesson!

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Hello Minh,


Thank you for your question.


You are right that most of the time we mention only 6 tones in Cantonese. But there are also Entering Tones: Entering high-flat, entering mid-flat, entering low-flat. They sound like sik1, sek3, sik6 that are like tone 1, and then tone 3, and then tone 6. They end with -p, -t, and -k which we call " silent glottal stop". Since they are using the same pitches and the tones aren’t new, we just have a special name (tone 7,8,9) for them because they end with a different sound. That's why there are only 6 tones. More detail explanation for the 6 or 9 Cantonese tones, you can check out the lesson below about the Cantonese tones.

The Cantonese Tones

https://www.cantoneseclass101.com/lesson/pronunciation-2-the-cantonese-tones/


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Minh
Monday at 07:10 AM
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where the hell is number 9 come from? the word "jat9" for day ????

I thought there are only 6 tones!

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Hello Sara,


Thank you for your comment.


The Jyutping Chart below provides the audio file that helps you get familiar with jyutping pronunciation. ? Hope you find it helpful.

https://www.cantoneseclass101.com/cantonese-alphabet/


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Sara
Saturday at 06:46 AM
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I loved the idea of the illustrations, but would have loved if they were a bit more clear on whether a sound is nasal or not. Or does that depend solely on the vowel?

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Hello Allison,


I hope the Jyutping Chart would help you a little bit. Just click on the play button to hear the pronunciation.

https://www.cantoneseclass101.com/cantonese-alphabet/


Siuling

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Allison
Thursday at 10:24 AM
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Would be super helpful if there was something like a word bank / flashcards, but just for pronounciation of vowels and consonants. :thumbsup: