Cantopop Christmas Songs on YouTube

A Hong Kong Christmas would not be complete without Cantopop Christmas songs. Like Cantopop songs, some can be sad, A recurrent theme among many songs are heartbreak, being left on the shelf, loneliness, doomed romances. Read More

Christmas: Faith-Based Advent Calendars and Jesse Trees

Advent is a season that many Christians observe in the lead up to Christmas, the birth of Jesus. This is a time for us to reflect and remember the true meaning of Christmas, and remember the most precious gift of all – Jesus. Here are a few ideas of how you can incorporate Chinese in this season, with free printables. Read More

Written Cantonese – For or Against?

Written Cantonese is not a new thing. However, it was only in the last few decades that written Colloquial Cantonese was used more widely, mainly due to the increasing popularity of messaging and chatrooms. There has been varying levels of acceptance and adoption for written Cantonese. Learn about the arguments for and against and make your own decision. Read More

What You Need To Know About Cantonese: the Vernacular and the Formal

Cantonese is not a straight forward language. What you read is not what how you speak. Linguists refer to this as Diglossia, where two languages are used under different conditions within a community, often by the same speakers. Learn more about Colloquial Cantonese, Formal Cantonese, Written Cantonese, and Standard Written Chinese. Read More

Free Online Cantonese Literature

Recent years have seen a rise in (Colloquial) Cantonese literature, both online and in print. These are very helpful for learners of Cantonese who wish to have more material to improve their Cantonese. Check out what are available:   Story Collections:   Cantonese Learning Centre (CLC) EBooks Recommended for Beginner and Intermediate Levels. There are Read More

Free Online Resources for Learning Cantonese

Learning Cantonese does not have to be expensive. Here are a comprehensive list of free online learning resources for Cantonese, mainly for beginners and intermediate learners. Videos, podcast, grammar lessons, language tips and more to start you on your Cantonese learning journey.  Read More

Cantonese Flashback: Readings In Cantonese Colloquial (1894)

While researching Cantonese literature to improve my Cantonese, I stumbled upon a century old book, Readings In Cantonese Colloquial: Being Selections From Books In The Cantonese Vernacular by James Dyer Ball (1894). Amazingly, the most of the text still makes good reading today. Download a free copy today. Read More

Online Cantonese Tools

Regardless of your level of Cantonese, if you are learning or teaching or working with Cantonese, these are some online tools that would make your journey an easier one. Ranging from romanisation converters to Cantonese text read aloud, worksheet creator with stroke order for Cantonese, etc. Read More