Practice Cantonese Cangjie (倉頡) by learning to type simple words and Hong Kong place names.
Many seem find this system quite difficult. Whether one can become proficient at it, it should help learners recognize and deconstruct traditional Chinese.
My intention with this course is to focus on the graphical aspects of Chinese. I hope this will enable Cantonese learners to build some early foundation for literacy and the ability to text in Chinese.
Place is the first of all beings, since everything that exists is in a place and cannot exist without a place.
I get a lot of satisfaction out of reading Chinese street signs. Each time I comprehend more, I feel more settled. I know my way around better. I can direct a taxi driver with ease.
And anyways, Hong Kong has quite a few distinct places to visit. And while they might not seem all that different on the surface, the place name often comes with a story – suddenly, a new way of understanding your place in the surroundings.
Places can also be a part of one’s group identity; this is true of probably any major city.
This is a progression of phasing out Jyutping from my Memrise courses. Here’s my view:
Romanization systems (like Yale) use to make a lot of sense when we depended on books. But in my personal experience, getting too cozy with romanization has stunted progress in phonemic and tonal awareness. It makes it so much more difficult to “think in Cantonese” when I’m mentally squeezing sounds out of letters and numbers.
I might be in the minority, but I know others agree with me. Wondering how many have contemplated the ultimate efficacy of romanization systems.
I’ll admit it’s still useful to search in the dictionary using Jyutping, and others may still have a lot of success with it (or Yale).
Ultimately, I think the instant access to audio makes these unnecessary. And I think there are advantages to developing Chinese literacy.
This is essentially a finished product, in terms of scope of content. However, I know there are some ways to make it better. Please see the poll questions in the replies below.
Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy the new course.