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Hi everyone.
Welcome to The Ultimate Cantonese Pronunciation Guide.
In this lesson, you'll learn another 8 Cantonese consonants.
m, m, n, ng, ng, b-/-p, p, s
Are you ready? Then let's get started!
The first consonant is...
m
媽 (maa1)
咩 (me1)
眯 (mi1)
Like the M in the word 'mouse'.
m, m (slowly)
m, m (slowly)
The next consonant is...
m (syllabic)
唔 (m4)
唔 (m3)
唔 (m2)
This is identical to the previous M sound, except that it's syllabic. This means that you must pronounce and hold the sound longer than the previous M sound so that it becomes its own syllable. It's a little similar to the sound English speakers make when expressing enjoyment about something like food, "mmmmmmmm". Listen to (host name).
m, m (slowly)
m, m (slowly)
The next consonant is...
n
拿 (naa4)
腦 (nou5)
糯 (no6)
Like the N in the word 'nice'.
n, n (slowly)
n, n (slowly)
The next consonant is...
ng
我 (ngo5)
熬 (ngou4)
呆 (ngoi4)
Like the NG sound in the word 'sing'.
ng, ng (slowly)
ng, ng (slowly)
The next consonant is...
ng
五 (ng5)
吳 (ng4)
伍 (ng5)
This is identical to the previous NG sound, except that it's syllabic. This means that you must pronounce and hold the sound longer than the previous NG sound so that it becomes its own syllable. Listen to (host name).
ng, ng (slowly)
ng, ng (slowly)
The next consonant is...
b-/-p
巴 (baa1)
啤 (be1)
十 (sap6)
This sound is represented by the letter B in the initial position, or the letter P in the final position. It sounds like the P in the word 'span'. There should not be a burst of air when you pronounce this sound. Listen to (host name).
b-/-p, b-/-p (slowly)
b-/-p, b-/-p (slowly)
The next consonant is...
p
怕 (paa3)
破 (po3)
鋪 (pou3)
This sound is represented by the letter P. It sounds like the P in 'pan'. Make sure that there's a burst of air when you pronounce this sound. Listen to (host name).
p, p (slowly)
p, p (slowly)
The final consonant sound for this lesson is...
s
沙 (saa1)
寫 (se2)
梳 (so1)
Like the S in the word 'saw'.
s, s (slowly)
s, s (slowly)
Well done! You just learned another 8 consonant sounds in Cantonese.
m, m, n, ng, ng, b-/-p, p, s
In the next lesson, you'll learn the remaining 6 consonant sounds in Cantonese.
How difficult were they to learn? Please comment and share your thoughts.
See you in the next Ultimate Cantonese Pronunciation Guide lesson!

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CantoneseClass101.com
Friday at 6:30 pm
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How difficult were they to learn? Please comment and share your thoughts.

Bjorn
Thursday at 3:50 pm
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Hi

I wonder about b-/-p consonant. The video says it is pronounced as the p in 'span', so then baa1 would start like the english word 'pass' rather than 'bus'. Is that correct ? When I listen to the video baa1 sounds as if it starts with an english 'b' though. Perhaps I do not hear it right ?

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Wiebke
Friday at 9:56 am
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Hi, I can't play the lessons from 4 onwards. I'm on mobile phone and tried different browsers. At first it looks like the video is loading, but then the play icon becomes grey. Lessons 1-3 are fine.

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Saturday at 4:46 pm
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Hi Marc,


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Practice makes perfect! Keep up studying well and soon you’ll get great results! 👍


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Marc
Tuesday at 6:37 am
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These consonants were a bit harder to learn than the previous lesson's consonants.

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Wednesday at 6:26 pm
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Hi Jet,


Thank you for posting.


You can check out the lesson materials to support your lesson study:

[Lesson Notes];

[Lesson Transcript].


You can also check out additional lessons on Cantonese Pronunciation:

https://www.CantoneseClass101.com/lesson/all-about-4-cantonese-pronunciation/

https://www.CantoneseClass101.com/lesson-library/pronunciation/


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jet
Sunday at 3:27 pm
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its a bit too hard😭

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Friday at 12:01 pm
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Hi Steven,


Do not give up. Just keep watching it and say it loud couple more times.


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Wednesday at 11:40 am
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Hi Selma,


Thank you for your comment. I think you can check out the links listed below.

Pay attention to the difference between the pronunciations of 五(ng5) and 我(ngo5). I hope it helps.:smile:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVs6R9ewzPg

https://www.cantoneseclass101.com/learningcenter/reference/dictionary/%E4%BA%94

https://www.cantoneseclass101.com/learningcenter/reference/dictionary/%E6%88%91


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Selma
Saturday at 2:16 am
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I could not understand the sound ng. I'm confused how to pronounce Ngo.