Want to learn Cantonese? Our earlier lessons managed to cover the life essentials: food, water and flirting. But after two weeks in Hong Kong it's probably about time you learned some verbs. After all, success rates inviting strangers to dinner plummet alarmingly when your only way of asking them is to repeat the word for restaurant over and over again. Time to get some verbs in your repertoire.

The final series in our Critical Cantonese lessons focuses on Critical Verbs. Our goal in this series is to introduce the most important verbs in the Cantonese language, but also learn some simple grammar patterns we'll run into again and again. In this lesson we learn the verbs "to be" and "to have", and learn how to make them negative and then ask simple questions. Once you know how to do this, you'll wonder how you ever got along without it.
 said on
February 23, 2011
Hm... I gotta say "錢" is really the only new thing I took away from 8 and half minutes. What ever happened to "...we recommend starting with our first critical phrases lesson." ?

I still love you guys but putting three, even two new words in there wouldn't have hurt anyone! ;-)

Philipp
 said on
February 23, 2011
Thanks for the feedback Philipp. The new stuff in this series is intended to be less vocab (other than the verbs) and more practicing verbs in common sentence patterns.

We'll be onto dialogue-based stuff shortly, at which point the difficulty level should go up and we'll toss more vocab your way. Thanks for the patience in the meantime. :)

 said on
February 24, 2011
Hi, guys!

I just want to say thank you so much for these lessons! They are the best available on the Internet, in my opinion, because you give the written Chinese along with the Jyutping and the English. Hopefully, I'll be able to muster up the courage soon to try my Cantonese out with a native speaker.

Looking forward to the next post, guys. 多謝晒!

Kim
 said on
February 24, 2011
@Benrose

Hi Philipp,

Thanks for the feedback. This series will be focusing on verbs and their tenses, like present progressive and past tense, and also practicing a few sentence patterns. Hope you'll enjoy the coming lessons :)

@kim_h

Hi Kim,

It's great to know that you like us. I'm sure you'll be speaking Cantonese to a native speaker before you know it. Let us know if you have any questions.

Nicole
 said on
February 25, 2011
@nicole

Fingers crossed. I do have one question - do you think it's a good idea to learn the written forms of the vocabulary straight away? So far, I only have the pronouns down and I have to have a peek when I'm writing those.

Kim
 said on
February 25, 2011
@kim_h

I've never learnt Chinese or Cantonese personally:) but from what I hear, at the beginning characters are often a big distraction. If your purpose is conversational, perhaps you don't have to worry about the characters too much at first :)
 said on
February 27, 2011
Ok, thanks a lot! I'll just stick with learning the spoken forms for now :)
 said on
August 8, 2012
is 錢 cin4 or zin2?
 said on
August 8, 2012
@darkstar92

Hi darkstar94, thank you for your question.

As 錢 is a character with three sounds, both are right but it depends on the context. In this context, 錢 should be sound like "cin2". But in ”價錢“, it should be sound like "cin4".

錢: "cin4", "cin2", "zin2".

P.S. "cin4" and "cin2" is most common way of 錢.

Aldowan
 said on
August 19, 2013
this basic series is in cantonese is so much more organized and structured than the mandarin counterpart. wish you had the same there too! keep up the good work. this is amazing!
 said on
April 29, 2014
Hi! I'm a complete beginner. When I see a word like "Wifi" in the transcript, and you don't put it in the audio lesson, I don't have any idea how to say it. Would you please pronounce it, or Jyutping-ize the thing? Thanks!
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December 22, 2022
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