More Cantonese Literature

More Cantonese Literature

It has been quite some time since my first post on Cantonese literature and since then I have made some interesting discoveries that I want to share with you. If you are not at the level where you can read books yet then I highly recommend you check out my page of Cantonese resources. 《以讀不回死全家!》 以讀不回死全家 (ji5 duk6 bat1 wui6 sei2 cyun4 gaa1), which roughly translates...
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Spoken Cantonese vs Written Chinese??

Spoken Cantonese vs Written Chinese??

The written and spoken Cantonese divide can be a very confusing at first for new learners of Cantonese. Especially if you aren't aware of why it exists, or even aware it exists at all. When I started learning Cantonese I had no idea what the difference between written Chinese and spoken Cantonese is. All I knew is that when I started speaking with my tutor on...
Cantonese Literature – The many (free) books of Hong Kong Golden

Cantonese Literature – The many (free) books of Hong Kong Golden

One of the biggest misconceptions with Cantonese that I always hear is that Cantonese is a spoken only language and it is never written down. While standard Chinese is used for almost all serious documents and books, the fact that Cantonese is never written down is just outright wrong, and if you do some digging there is quite a lot out there. If you are not at an...
Learn 1500 Chinese Characters in 3 months?

Learn 1500 Chinese Characters in 3 months?

Is it possible to learn 1500 Chinese characters in 3 months? The simple answer is yes. However, the sheer thought alone of having to learn thousands of characters is enough to scare most learners away from even attempting Chinese in the first place. Images come up of writing out a bunch of unconnected drawings and squiggles hundreds of times to no avail, constantly...
Two weeks without English?!?! Chinese immersion project in Hong Kong

Two weeks without English?!?! Chinese immersion project in Hong Kong

This summer I will be going to Hong Kong for two weeks and giving up my own Native language (English). Hey, my name is Luke Truman and for the past 9 months I have been learning Cantonese. I have been avoiding characters completely to focus all of my attention towards speaking. However, I am reaching a point where it is becoming increasingly obvious that to progress...