Sounds & Tones

Since Cantonese uses multiple tones to communicate you must obtain a a basic understanding of sounds and tones.  There are a variety of opinions on the amount of tones in Cantonese ranging from 6 to 9 different tones.  These exercises work with 7 tones.  Most of these tones are based on Cantonese Sounds & Tones by Parker Po-Fei Huang.  I would encourage you to purchase the book from:

http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/OtherVendors.asp?isbn=9780887100055

For those of you who have the book and yet have digital copies of the audio here are some excerpts for you.  You will need a player that can play OGG files.  My favorite is VLC from http://www.videolan.org :

Page 9 Sounds & Tones

Chart of Cantonese Finals
Sounds used in Cantonese language

 

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