Let’s get back to the basic again for Cantonese.
Want more than one phrases?
Nowadays, when we talk about Chinese alphabets, we mean the official Chinese romanization system Pinyin or Hanyu Pinyin 汉语拼音。
In history, people have used four major kinds of Chinese alphabetic transcription
Yale romanization of Mandarin
Romanization of Chinese in Taiwan – 通用拼音 ( They tried to be different from Hanyu Pinyin used in Mainland China)for some political reasons)
Hanyu Pinyin 汉语拼音 or just Pinyin which is the modern international standard for standard Chinese transcription.
So if you learned Pinyin, and someone asks you if you know Chinese alphabets, you would say “Of course”.
Let’s get started to learn some basic Pinyin 拼音
We show you how to say numbers in Mandarin Chinese.
Let’s start with one two three in Mandarin.
一二三 ( Yī, èr, sān )
Yes! One stroke is one! Two for two and three for three!
Jyutping:jat① ji⑥ saam①
Pinyin:yi① er④ san①
Pinyin: yī èr sān
(Those numbers are for the tones in Cantonese and Mandarin)
With Google translate, you can easy learn
1)how to say one two three in both Mandarin and Spanish here.
2)How to say “One Two Three” in Mandarin Chinese and Vietnamese here.
3)How to say “1, 2, 3” in Mandarin Chinese and Japanese(Ichi, ni, san).
4)How to say “1, 2, 3” in Mandarin and French(French:Un, deux, trois).
Benny’s Chinese lesson to teach you how to say 1 to 99 in Mandarin Chinese:
He’s one of the best!
Here’s our previous article to show you one to three is much easier in Chinese than in English:
There are many ways to type Chinese characters. Most of them use Pinyin input for Mandarin speakers. For example, Google Pinyin input, Sogou Pinyin Input and Microsoft Pinyin IME (which comes with Microsoft Windows) are among the most popular ones, but I still prefer Sogou Pinyin Input because they have the most user friendly interface which allow me to switch between traditional Chinese and simplified system easily and its automatic updated phrase choices.
Google is notorious for Cantonese support, especially in its translation services. In Google translate, it does not list Cantonese as a separate language by only offering simplified and traditional Chinese. Cantonese speakers is by far one of the most popular languages around the world, but it seems that Google’s language team has not come to realize that and support it.
However, we have just seen one good sign from Google, their input method team made a step toward to what we need: they publish Google Cantonese Input! They actually call it “Cantonese support for Google input tools”.
Let’s talk about their Cantonese Input and see how much you like it or hate it. You may just add your comments here to heat up the discussion.
I have not personally try it out myself, but sure to add my own comments and share my own experience with you here at Chinesebay.com the site to support Cantonese for life. Here’s what I want to find out: does it support Jyutping Cantonese input? Yale?
By the way, our website is going to get the new design to make it more user friendly for all Cantonese learners and speakers. We hope that all our users can send us your feedback and suggestion so that we can make it one of the best site to learn Cantonese and Mandarin.
Thank you very much.
Authored by Paul Wong (aka Kaibo Huang, Cantonese Paul or just Paul )
Jyutping 粤拼, is one of the most popular Cantonese romanization systems, and great for Cantonese learners to learn Cantonese pronunciation. It is published by the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong (LSHK) in 1993.
ChineseBay.com promotes Jyutping by developing an online Cantonese pronunciation dictionary using Jyutping.
You may learn more about Jyutping by going to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jyutping
If you are in China, and know how to read Chinese but cannot visit Wikipedia, you can check out 粤语拼音 at the biggest online Chinese encyclopedia Baike.com.
You may also watch our video lessons on Jyutping to get you started.
At this website, most of the Chinese characters in the articles are automatically link to our own Cantonese pronunciation dictionary so you can get the Jyutping and listen to the pronunciation by just one or two clicks.
1) Jyutping 粤拼
Jyutping is a romanization system for Cantonese developed by the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong (LSHK) in 1993. Its long official name is The Linguistic Society of Hong Kong Cantonese Romanization Scheme. Chinesebay.com is compiling its online Cantonese pronunciation dictionary using Jyutping because it is the easiest system to master and use with common computer keyboards or phone keypads.
2) Various Cantonese Romanization Systems
There are so many Cantonese romanization systems for Cantonese pronunciation that it is very hard for a Cantonese beginner to decide which one to master to help with the pronunciation. Many books use so many different systems and they are not so interchangeable easily that lots of efforts may become useless or wasted for those learners who master the other systems.
Paul Huang, who runs ChineseBay.om, wishes that one day, the teaching materials can focus on Jyutping and eliminate repeated efforts using other systems. For Mandarin learners, they are much luckier because Pinyin, the official pronunciation system, is most widely used and they don’t have the same trouble as Cantonese learners. Those Cantonese educators who want to be special or unique need to understand being unique or special will increase communication difficulty.
You may learn Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese here on our site ChineseBay.com.
Mandarin Chinese for Kids
In the US, the best way to teach the kids to learn Chinese is to send them to Chinese school (weekend Chinese school or after school programs that have Chinese lessons.)
If the after school program can teach your kids to pick up some Chinese everyday instead of only one or two times a week, it would be the best.
If it is not possible for you, you can find some online Chinese lessons for kids like http://yes-chinese.com 中文天下 . (Don’t be confused with yesChinese.com, which is only a website for adults to learn Chinese.)
Actually, one of the most popular online Chinese learning website is ChinesePod.com, which is based in Shanghai and offers you great Chinese lessons with mp3 and pdf for Mandarin Chinese learners.
Mandarin Chinese Dictionaries Online
To master Mandarin Chinese, you need to have some good online tools. One of the popular Chinese dictionary is Dict.cn, which gives you 例句 (example sentences ) with Chinese/English translation.
Nciku.com is one of best Chinese-English and English-Chinese online dictionary. For example: What does Chinese mean in Chinese?
Mandarin Chinese Pronunciation Dictionary
Our online Mandarin Chinese Pronunciation Dictionary gives you both Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese pronunciation with Jyutping and Pinyin. Try it out.
Our online Chinese input is very popular in Google search. A big thanks for our fans and their referrals.
Actually if you do need a better Chinese input online tool, you may use Google Translate.
You may type simplified or traditional Chinese in Pinyin, Wubi, Zhuyin without installing any software on your computer.
Are you ready to try it out? Click here: Google Chinese Input Online.
Tips for using this wonderful Online Chinese Pinyin input tool:
1)You may just type the initials for phrases. For example, you can type: gs for 公司 or 告诉 or 故事 or 改善。
If you want to type 中华人民共和国 or 走火入魔, all you need to type is “zhrm” four letters and type 1 or 2 for the phrase.
2)When you don’t see the characters you want, you can just type “=” or “-” to page down and up the five choices it offers. (“=” is actually the same key as “+”, so just remember + or – to page down and up.)
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Get a New Job
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Get a New Hobby
The learning of a second language is a long process which needs a lot of patience. In fact, it is best approached as a hobby rather than a chore. If you do it this way then you are more likely to stick with it and learn everything you need to become completely comfortable with the language. This means making the learning process fun and trying to fit it into your life in the ways which best suit you.
Expand Your Horizons
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