Chinese New year, arguably the most important of Chinese festivals. For Chinese around the world, this is one festival that needs no introduction. Many non-Chinese, too, are familiar with Chinese New Year
Here’s a round-up of various free Cantonese resources that I have found, so that you can seize the opportunity to to provide more immersion into Cantonese language and culture during this festive time.
Fill your home with Chinese New Year Cantonese music with this YouTube playlist. Have your children sing and dance to these tunes.
2. Stories and Book Readings
Listen to Cantonese Mommy as she reads a series of Lunar New Year Books. Below is my favourite Chinese New Year book, because it is specific to Hong Kong.
Watch these Chinese New Year themed cartoons and animations in preparation for Chinese New Year.
Meizhou Chinese Resources- Stories
Of the many Meizhou stories, I found two Chinese New Year Stories (with audio recordings):
- Story of the Year Monster『年』的故事 － PDF , PowerPoint , Audio Story Telling (口語)， Audio Story Narration (書面語),
- Twelve Zodiac Animals 十二生肖 － PDF ， PowerPoint， Audio Story Telling (口語)， Audio Story Narration (書面語)
These stories are from Level 2 of Meizhou textbooks. Please note the PDFs are in black and white, the PowerPoint files are in colour. (Pix on left from Powerpoint file).
3. Vocabulary and other Teaching Resources
You can find the following printables:
- a five-page Vocabulary list in Colloquial Cantonese ranging from the common phrases such as 年卅晚 and 逗利是 to the things you put in a 全盒 Chinese candy box such as 糖蓮藕 candied lotus root and 瑞士糖 Sugas chewy Candy to gifts that Hong Kongers bring when visiting such as 丹麥藍罐曲奇 Danish cookies (in blue tin).
- a three page list of Chinese New Year Greetings in Cantonese
- Chinese banners 揮春 in various formats .
- Christian versions of Chinese New Year Banners 基督春聯 (If you are interested in Christian resources, please follow our new Facebook page (Chinese Christian resources) for updates.
Canton Sponge Colloquial Cantonese Resources
The following resources by Canton Sponge are complete with Traditional Chinese, Jyutping and English translations.
- Chinese New Year Vocabulary poster
- Chinese New year Vocabulary flashcards
- Lunar New Year Cantonese Posters and CNY Greetings (2 separate posters)
You can download the poster at their page. The poster has Traditional Chinese, Jyutping and English translations.
Also has a QR code at the top right hand corner that you can scan, and you will be directed to an audio link where you can listen to the vocabulary.
Fortune Cookie Mom
- Free Printables: CNY mini booklet, CNY Vocabulary booklet, CNY theme packs (requires registration for password) – these resources are in Standard Chinese, but some come with Jyutping
Michigan Cantonese Storytime
- Chinese New Year Bingo Game (Please PM Michigan Cantonese Storytime for PDF file)
(New content and resources are added to the Michigan Cantonese Storytime Facebook page every few days, so do follow them for new updates.
Watch some of these videos to learn more Chinese New Year vocabulary.
How To Study Cantonese offers this Cantonese lesson, including how to use Cantonese greetings in a sentence, and the audio guide.
Flashcards (2 different versions) and Zodiac Wheel printable available for free download.
Hing Hing Sine Sone Cantonese school share lots of Chinese new year crafts with free downloadable templates. Videos in Cantonese can also be found on the same webpage.
Other Chinese New Year craft (available in Traditional Chinese) that are no Cantonese specific
- Best 20 Chinese New Year Activities and Crafts for Home and School! by Chalk Academy
- Chinese New year Banner Printables by Spot of Sunshine
- Chinese New Year Crafts – Banners and Lanterns by Fortune Cookie Mom (require registration)
- Year of the Ox DIY Red envelopes by Purple Mint Studio by Mint Purple Studio 2021
Fortune Cookie Mom has also compiled the most comprehensive list regarding Chinese New Year resources, and I just had to include them here, even though they are not in Cantonese. (Mostly in English)
- 100+ Chinese New Year Activities for Kids to Gain Cultural Experiences by Fortune Cookie Mom
5. Chinese New Year in Hong Kong
Learn about Hong Kong customs and celebrations with this YouTube playlist or watch this video below to hear a summary of various customs.
Check out some articles about how Chinese New Year is celebrated in Hong Kong.
- Hong Kong Chinese New Year celebrations – a blend of ancient Chinese traditions with modern cosmopolitan events
- How To Celebrate Chinese New Year in Hong Kong
- 7 Best Things to Do in Hong Kong for Chinese New Year