If you've listened to our previous Critical Verb lessons, our fourth installment won't contain anything terribly surprising. Rather than a surprise appearance by David Bowie and impromptu studio versions of China Girl (working on it...), we just review the verbs "to eat", "to want" and "to give". So there is a lot to review here, but also some new stuff as well. In particular, we'll teach you how to put verbs into the past tense, and negate them once they're there.

Learning Cantonese? We've come a long way since our first Cantonese lesson. Back then we started with the tones and learned some basic phrases in Cantonese before moving on to simple sentences using adjectives. After that we moved on to high-frequency nouns and then finally more complex sentences involving verbs. That's a lot of ground to cover, so feel proud about how much you've done. And be sure to come back later this week when our first dialogue-based lesson makes its debut.
 said on
July 11, 2011
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July 12, 2011

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 said on
August 27, 2012
so from this whole series of "Basic Cantonese" lessons, a few combinations I can make, assuming they are correct:












 said on
August 27, 2012
Where is the best lesson to go to after all these lessons?
 said on
December 17, 2015
Hello, the woman speaking Cantonese in this lesson has a lazy tone when she says the word that makes the verb past tense. Just wanted to note that because even the schools in Hong Kong are trying to stamp out the lazy tones. In this particular instance, the woman says "choh" when it should be "tsoh."