Cantonese Basic Phrases

Cantonese Basic Phrases


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Military-related basic phrases for foreign language learners of Cantonese (粵語 / 廣東話), with audio, Romanization, and Chinese script. Use this app to select an English phrase and view its translation and how to pronounce it in Cantonese.

This app uses Yale Romanization with diacritics to indicate the six tones as in sī (詩) sí (史) si (試) sı̏ (時) sı̋ (市) sị (事). Note that in colloquial Hong Kong Cantonese pronunciation, the consonants 'n' and 'l' are often mixed, as well as the consonant 'ng' with the null initial. Regardless of the pronunciations you may encounter, the Romanization reflects the original initial consonant. Also note that the initials 'j' and 'ch' are widely pronounced as 'dz' and 'ts' in many localities across the Cantonese-speaking region, including Hong Kong. Texts are given in Traditional Chinese script.

This app was originally developed as an entry to the 2010 CIO/G6 "Apps for the Army" competition, and it is based on the modules publicly available online from the U.S. Defense Language Institute. Content edited and arranged by Percy Wong; app development by Robert Theis.

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  • (50 stars)

    by David Rua on 23/03/2015

    I highly recommend it! This app makes learning Cantonese alot easier, I also love that the audio contains normal speed and slowed down pronunciation. That makes it alot easier to check whether I pronounce it correctly. I also have a suggestion,I know this app is mainly aimed towards military personnel but could you perhaps add some phrases for when someone wants to buy some food? Like "I would lik

  • (50 stars)

    by Pika chu on 18/03/2015

    This app has warnings that look way too suited for armed robbery, it's very useful and handy. I wish it had an auto play or repeat button though

  • (50 stars)

    by Cheng Hwa Alan Lim on 07/01/2015

    the best free language application

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    by Desigirlpak Paki on 23/12/2014

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    by Ananda Nithya on 11/11/2014

    Would be good if daily phrases are included

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