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.

Yale Romanization and Traditional Chinese script available on Android 4.3+.

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  • (70 stars)

    by Greg Zeng on 26/06/2014

    "SAB" should be pronunciated as "SUB". Many other poor examples exit.

  • (70 stars)

    by Jay Pleski on 06/06/2014

    I'm unlikely to be threatening to shoot people during my short stay in Canton. Still I'm surprised there are no directions to Starbucks and Burger King, given the apparent audience.

  • (70 stars)

    by Adrienne Ngo on 28/05/2014

    I love this app. Clear pronunciation. But I wish there was more! It's so great. Just what I need to start out.

  • (70 stars)

    by Zyrah Pongos on 30/03/2014

    Very helpful app. Thanks! Been looking for cantonese app and this is better than what i tried so far...

  • (70 stars)

    by lukhani rogol on 09/02/2014

    I like it

  • (70 stars)

    by Pol Arellano on 21/08/2013

    Very useful

  • (70 stars)

    by Muhammad Hasnain Mamdani on 24/06/2013

    Quite good but we have to click every word to see its pronunciation. I suggest the pronunciation should be listed along with the words and for sound only we should click