I know little about Cantonese (for now), but please advise me if I erred in conjecturing that IPA is more precise and helpful than Yale or Jyutping Romanisations.

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The English Wiktionary has IPA for Cantonese along with other commonly-used romanization schemes (Jyutping, Yale and Cantonese Pinyin). For example, for the entry on 朋友, under "Pronunciation" in the Chinese section, you can click [Expand] to see the IPA /pʰɐŋ²¹ jɐu̯¹³/. There's also IPA for other topolects, like Mandarin (/pʰɤŋ³⁵ i̯oʊ̯³/ → /pʰɤŋ³⁵ i̯oʊ̯³/). (Note: There may be a bug with the audio that covers the IPA.)


You might try the 漢語多功能字庫, with traditional Chinese, English interface.

On the top right corner, you can choose the scheme: IPA (number) & IPA(letter).

Have fun. :)

  • Thanks. Sorry, but I cannot see the IPA transcription even after selecting these options? eg: Where's the IPA on humanum.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/Lexis/lexi-mf/…?
    – user11787
    Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 17:28
  • when you do a search, in the result page, choose the scheme from top right corner, you should get the "Canton. Syllables", above the sound file, in the middle of the page :) Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 17:34

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