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5 excellent words in Cantonese you can remember using English mnemonics:
Edit: It’s not me in this video, it’s beardan76
Top 5 words in Cantonese that sound rude in English
And here my mnemonic rhymes:
著 [zoek3] wear, put on, be dressed in; clothing: This jerk wears clothes with… on it.
記得 [gei3dak1] to remember; to recall: The gay duck never remembers its last partner…
地鐵 [dei6tit3] subway; MTR: day tit: That’s how my day begins, being squeezed like tits.
市民 [si5man4] the residents of a city; citizens; townsfolk: seman: to reproduce the townsfolk (I chose a different word than in the video)
的確 [dik1 kok3] certainly, evidently: dick cock, being certainly more honest than you’d like to
Hope this post was not too disturbing. I believe that the more shocking a mnemo is the better you can remember the word…
To discriminate the 3 level tones in Cantonese is not easy (especially between 3rd and 6th tone). I personally use the following method I’d like to share. Open this site: http://www.virtualpiano.net/ . Click on ‘main menue’ and then on ‘key assistant off’:
1st tone: The 1st tone begins on SOL and ends on SOL (high level tone). The SOL pitch is the highest and sounds a bit like a high ‘ding’ sound from an angle iron. It helps to say it extremely high at the beginning. Open the Virtual Piano site and press either 5, w, o or h on your computer keyboard. Find out which one fits most to your personal voice register: Play your personal SOL sound (either 5, w, o or h) on the piano and think about a high ‘ding’ sound from an angle iron. And hum it. Does it sound like a high ‘ding’ sound and you are still capable to hum it? So you most likely found you personal SOL sound. Stretch this sound while humming and you know your personal 1st tone.
3rd tone: The 3rd tone begins on MI and ends on MI (mid level tone). The MI pitch is in the very middle of your voice register. If you hum on MI it does not sound either too high or too low, just in the middle. Now stretch the humming sound and you might notice this too be a very relaxing meditating sound – “Ommm”. But make sure you don’t make it too low, otherwise it will be the 6th tone. It does not sound low at all. Now try to hum on SOL/ 1st tone you might notice this to be not relaxing at all. Open the Virtual Piano site and press either 3, 0, u, or f on your computer keyboard. Find out which one fits most to your personal voice register: Play your personal MI sound (either 3, 0, u, or f) on the piano and think about the relaxing meditating sound – “Ommm”. And hum it. Does it sound relaxing but not low and you are still able to hum it? So you most likely found you personal MI sound. Stretch this sound while humming and you know your personal 3rd tone.
6th tone: The 6th tone begins on RE and ends on RE (low level tone). The RE pitch is slightly lower than the MI pitch. If you hum on RE it does sound low but still a bit relaxing. Now stretch the humming sound and you might notice this to be a relaxing meditating sound – “Ommm” – like the 3rd tone – But it sounds a bit lower then the 3rd tone which does not sound low rather a bit high. Open the Virtual Piano site and press either 2, 9, y or d on your computer keyboard. Find out which one fits most to your personal voice register: Play your personal RE sound (either 2, 9, y or d) on the piano and compare ir with MI: So compare either: 32 or 09 or uy or fd. Hum it as if you were meditating on an “Ommm” sound. Now you might notice the RE pitch (=6th tone) sounds a bit lower than the MI pitch (=3rd tone) but still relaxing. The 6th tone is relaxing and low, the 3rd tone is relaxing but not low at all.
The level tones song: Now if you play or hum the 1st, 3rd and 6th tone in a row, it should sound like E(1st tone)–PO(3rd tone)–NA(6th tone) or DA(1st tone)–KA(3rd tone)–RA(6th tone) in the following song:
Epona’s Song エポナの歌
The China History Podcast by Laszlo Montgomery is really worth listening. I personally LOVE IT!!! Please visit his site and support him for doing this great work he shares to everyone for free.
For Cantonese learners the Hong Kong history parts might be of special interest: