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How can I learn Cantonese on my own? What resources can I use and what is the right way to do it? I have friends who are from Hong Kong so I have people to "talk at" I guess who will honestly evaluate me (although they will probably make fun of the guailo in the process) but I can live with that. I learned some Mandarin while I was in the Marine Corp as part of my service but its not helping me with Cantonese AT ALL. To those who understand Mandarin I can use a few choice words to express my frustration but I want to be able to communicate with them in Cantonese.

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@CA55CE37 how is learning Cantonese the same as Mandarin? This is not a duplicate. –  GµårÐïåñ Feb 2 '14 at 16:44
It is a torture for mandarin speakers to do so. T_T –  Joseph S WU Feb 5 '14 at 3:55

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YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=learn%20cantonese&sm=3

Google: https://www.google.com/search?q=learn+cantonese

You can search for specific websites focusing on Cantonese, use dictionaries to look up pronunication. Watch (via YouTube) news, TV shows, movies with subtitles to get a feel of Cantonese.

A few links to get you started:






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I have tried the google searches and youtube videos, not my first rodeo, and much of it is very scattered and unlikely to be useful in a structured and consistent teaching style. I will give what you listed a shot though. –  GµårÐïåñ Feb 1 '14 at 19:59

Learning always beings with interest and talking as well. So first you can chat with your friends and live with them for ages. Later, you can learn from watching videos such as: 快速学粤语

Besides, singing more songs in GuangDong dialect will also help you to enchance the feeling of the language (such as 万里长城永不倒)

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Yeah I live with it already :) so that's covered, I listen to it constantly (they act like I am not there half the time) and I pick up more of what they are saying than they know. I just want to be able to engage in the conversation at some point too. So I will take a look at what you suggested, thank you. –  GµårÐïåñ Feb 1 '14 at 19:52

I think you should learn some daily phrases from your friends first like 食左飯未? (Had lunch?), 做緊咩? (What are you doing?) to build up your vocabulary base and the 'feeling' of Cantonese grammar.

If you find difficulty building up a complete sentence in Cantonese, you may try to mix up English and Cantonese like '個 party cancel 左' (The party is canceled, 個派對取消左). Hong Kong people often speak like that so it shouldn't feel odd. Of course, you should ask your friends to correct your sentences.

Hong Kong people are usually willing to teach so don't give up!

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