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Told ya it would come soon!!!!
k here are some things ya can say if in a kung fu fight
well actually this has to do with kung fu
the words in brackets is how to pronounce:
What westerners generally call "kung fu" 功夫 (gung1 fu1)
Respected teacher or master 師父 (si1 fu6)
Shaolin 少林 (siu3 lam4)
Shaolin Kung Fu 少林功夫 (siu3 lam4 gung1 fu1)
Help! 救命呀 (gau3 meng6 aa3)
Be careful 小心 (siu2 sum1)
Favoured form of address for an attractive young lady. 小姐 (siu2 ze2)
Often used when saying good bye or "after you". 功夫 films 請 (cing2)
The straight type often used by nobles or kung fu masters. 劍 (gem3) not pronounced "gem" as in a sparkling mineral but g-em.
The curved type typically used by bandits or working class heroes. 刀 (dou1)
there you go!!! now you can fight!!! but siu sum aa.
stay tune for our next lesson!!!
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Rat(lou* she *the lou is the same as the one in tiger
Goat(San (yeung)) or just yeung, yeungis sheep and san yeung is goat. san means mountain. so goat means san yearng.
Horse(Maar) extend the a bit more.
Snake(seaar) Exagerate a bit on the a
chicken(gei) *note gei can also mean prostitute for a lady.
the ones above are the chinese 12 zodiac animals. Which one are you?
lesson 4 will be here soon. also we just might post up a canto conversation of the mods. stay tuned for next lesson.
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SLANG - Something teenagers say in everyday speech atm in hk!
- ging gau siuu-----super funny
- chiuu dayy lung---super retarded
u can basically use them wherever u want. you can say it when ur friend does soemthing stupid. u can say it when u feel like it. coz basically it is RANDOM!
o and two more common phrases-
Pretty boy - leng jzay
Pretty girl - leng lui
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Tones 聲調0 Replies 308 weeks
There are 6 different tones in Cantonese. You must rise, maintain or lower the relative pitch of your voice to "sing" each word. For example, in English we naturally use a falling tone at the end of a statement (You came.) and a rising tone at the end of a question (You came?).
To be understood in Cantonese, it is essential that you master the six tones. If you use the wrong tone, you are probably saying a completely different word.
Tone Pitch Contour Example
1 High Level dzUng Chinese
2 Low-Mid to High Rising gon speak
3 Mid Level ou bay
4 Low-Mid to Low Falling tsm sink
5 Low to Low-Mid Rising mai buy
6 Low-Mid Level mai sell
Because many Cantonese textbooks or dictionaries use tone numbers instead of symbols, it is sometimes useful to convert between the two, e.g. 4 = , 6 = . The following mnemonics should help create visual associations between the two systems.
Cantonese (or Yue) is one of the five major Chinese languages. These are often called "dialects", but in actuality their differences are great enough to consider them separate languages.0 Replies 308 weeks
Cantonese is spoken by about 100 million people in the southern provinces of Guangdong and Guangxi and in neighboring areas such as Hong Kong and Macao, as well as throughout South-East Asia in such places as Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Due to the migration of Cantonese speakers from Hong Kong and the Guangdong area, Cantonese is the dominant form of Chinese spoken in the Chinatowns of many major cities in the United States, Canada, Australia and elsewhere.
The word Cantonese comes from Canton, the former English name of Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong, which was once considered the home of the purest form of Cantonese. However, through years of mass media and pop culture influence, Hong Kong has now truly become the cultural centre of Cantonese.
Although Mandarin (or putonghua) is the standard and official language in mainland China, it has only been around for about 700 or 800 years, compared to the 2000-year history of Cantonese. Cantonese, not Mandarin, is the dominant language in overseas Chinese communities. This comes from the fact that, around the world, the largest flow of Chinese immigrants originates from Hong Kong.
Cantonese is mainly an oral language. People in Hong Kong use standard Chinese (putonghua) when they read and write. They speak Cantonese in their daily interactions with people. As a colloquial language, Cantonese is full of slang and non-standard usage. The language of youth is rapidly evolving, and new slang and trendy expressions are constantly emerging.
The standard written language in Hong Kong is essentially the same Chinese as everywhere else in China. The only difference is that Hong Kong and overseas communities, like Taiwan, have kept what are called traditional characters, whereas mainland China uses simplified characters. In an attempt to increase litteracy in China, thousands of characters were "simplified" in a 1950 spelling reform initiated by chairman Mao Zedong.
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