[Course Forum] Hong Kong Useful Cantonese

##Hong Kong Useful Cantonese

Course Creator: @Joeybelk

This is the new place to post your thoughts on the course Hong Kong Useful Cantonese. Please note that all the submissions (course errors and general comments) to the previous forum have been lost. Please post any that you recall or find here as a reply.

@Joeybelk, as the course forums have been phased out in preference to this forum, I have taken the liberty of creating this [Course Forum] topic on your behalf.

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Thank you @sifushano.

I’m now Watching this topic, so any replies will go to my email.



Sorry, not sure I understand. I’m taking it to mean that the Cantonese content is developing much slower compared to Japanese and Putonghua?

Oh, my Cantonese needs a lot of polishing but that doesn’t stop me from at least trying to use it …

Basically that the Cantonese matters or affairs were quite slow compared to Japanese and Mandarin for example - :slight_smile:

When you read around the forum you see that some areas are a real hive of activity and this section feels like a sleepy backwater in comparison - I’m not complaining, 我好鐘意安靜。I quite like quiet :wink:

Cantonese matters or affairs were quite slow compared to Japanese and Mandarin

You’re right. I find that’s true outside of Memrise, as well.

True. Usually if it comes up that I am learning Cantonese I am asked if I had learned Mandarin previously. Actually, what piqued my interest was the traditional characters - the fact that there are more Cantonese than Taiwanese speakers where I am was the casting vote. The traditional characters tell a story that I think is largely lost in the simplification process. I think it is easier to learn the traditional characters for that very reason.

So, Mandarin may be more widespread and more popular, but I think that the Cantonese route is more interesting (and more challenging because of the dearth of available resources, especially in comparison).

How true ! That is why I love Traditional characters so much.

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@joeybelk thanks for this course. I’ve only just started it but it looks like what I’m after so far… Hopefully I’ll have time to stay with it.

@turnip I’m encouraged to hear that.

Let me know any feedback, and if there’s any specific language functions you’d like to see.

July 25th Course Update - Cangjie Practice!

At the end of the first unit, you can learn and practice using a Cangjie IME.

For desktop, I use Google Input Tools. Look for ‘Traditional Chinese: 倉頡’.

It’s easy to add Cangjie as a keyboard for iOS, and I imagine it isn’t too difficult for Android and whatever else.


If you have issues with this level in the mobile app, logging out and back in should re-sync the course.

July 26th Course Update - 咁, 咁, 咁!

I’ve added three levels as part of a unit on ‘咁’.

This sound always jumps out at me when I hear it in conversation, and is a huge part of the grammar of spoken Cantonese in HK.

Some other vocabulary shuffling today, too, as is customary.

up next:

  1. Unit on ‘Transactions’
  2. Cangjie Practice 2

@joeybelk - if you want a suggestion for what to add next then how about the sort of directions you might give to a taxi driver (I don’t think they’re in there yet)? Also, you could add some levels specifically to test listening…

Obviously these are just suggestions and you should add whatever is most useful for you as a priority.


Also, you could add some levels specifically to test listening

Good thought, that got me thinking. How might we assess listening?

A question prompt followed by an appropriate answer is a mainstay in language learning, though I’d have to think of a clever way of implementing that.

Will also keep taxi functions in mind.

@Joeybelk - you’ve already got the audio so one way to test listening is to duplicate a level but then change the “test on… prompt with” so it gives the audio and requests the english.

If you wanted to make it into a question and response then I think you can do this by replacing the “definition” with the desired response. I’m not sure how this would work in practice though since you’d have to learn just one specific response for each question.