Multiplication Table – Pi song 乘數表,Pi 歌

There is another way to practice reading numbers in Cantonese.  It is to memorize the multiplication table.  As I said in the video, it is a secret of why Chinese people calculate so fast.   If you are familiar with  the table, you can treat multiplication as addition.

For example, 87*56, you can treat it as addition of 350+4000+42+480.

Multiplication e.g. Continue reading “Multiplication Table – Pi song 乘數表,Pi 歌”

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Tenses 時態

Some people say that there is no concept of tenses in the language of Chinese/Cantonese.  I think it depends on how you define the term of “tenses”.  If you insist the writing way (spelling) and pronunciation of a verb should be changed in different tenses like English, there is really no such thing in the language of Chinese/Cantonese.

Tenses - sandglass 沙漏

Time is slipping away like a sandglass.  Continue reading “Tenses 時態”

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Wet Market 街市

Wet market is one of the attractive to the foreigners.  They may be very interested in how people kill chicken, how to cut pork and beef into pieces (so bloody…).  For us, it is our food centre.  We can shop fresh foods there.  Before buying, we always look around to check which shop’s food is cheaper and fresher.  Sometimes we can even ask for cheaper.

Nowadays, there are many supermarkets in Hong Kong.  Maybe some days later, supermarkets will totally replace wet markets.  I hope I will not see of it in the rest of my life.  I love wet market! Continue reading “Wet Market 街市”

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Chinese Characters (Numbers 數字)

When learning a new language, we probably learn the numbers first, for we can actually use the numbers when we go shopping.  For Cantonese, we have another important reason to learn numbers first.  If we can speak the right tones of the numbers (3-9-4-0-5-2-7-8-6), we are probably able to master the “tone” system of Cantonese.

The following three videos are related to numbers in Cantonese.  Continue reading “Chinese Characters (Numbers 數字)”

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