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The art of Hong Kongese by a Dummy

The art of Hong Kongese by a Dummy

By Dummy
This podcast series is designed for English speakers to learn Hong Kong Cantonese & Culture. Cantonese is certainly a monster to master. The podcast series is framed around learning Cantonese as a CSL with an English framework. Logo credit: Wan Yiu Chui
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Cantonese basic present tense & present continuous tense
In this episode, I am going to talk about the grammatical structure of forming present tense sentences as well as present continuous tense. As well, some keywords you might here to indicate the present and routine. Written material: Music credit:
October 17, 2020
Why do Cantonese people speak English when you want to speak Cantonese?
In this episode, I am going to talk about some reasons why the Cantonese speaking person would suddenly switch to English when you are speaking Cantonese. Is it you, or is it them? What can you do? Written material: Music credit:
October 9, 2020
Do you know enough Cantonese to travel in Hong Kong?
This episode, I will summarize a lot of what we have talked about. already, eg. greeting, thank you, sorry, excuse me, how to say you don't understand, getting info and ordering food, etc. Reality check, do you think you know these phrases to travel in Hong Kong? Written material: Music credit:
October 3, 2020
Mid autumn festival 中秋節(Dummy PY: Chong Chow Jeet)
This episode, I will tell you a couple of stories about 中秋節(Dummy PY: Chong Chow Jeet) Mid Autumn Festival and its origins. I hope you enjoy this festival and get to spend some time with your family and friends! Music credit: Written material:
September 26, 2020
Saying Yes in various ways in Cantonese
This episode, you will find various different ways of saying yes in Cantonese so you won't confuse the Cantonese speaker! Written material: Music credit:
September 18, 2020
Thank you in Cantonese: 19 ways to say it & how to respond
In this episode, I will talk about 19 different ways of saying thank you in Cantonese, and how you can respond to the thank yous like a native. Enjoy :) Written material: Music credit:
September 12, 2020
Seeing the Doctor with Cantonese *with Covid Screening Questions
In this episode, you will learn some commonly used Cantonese terms for going to see the doctor. You will find a made-up scenario of a senior going to the hospital. The patient will be screened for Covid at the triage. The patient then gets to see the doctor. Happy learning. :) Written material: Music credit:
September 5, 2020
Ghost Festival孟蘭節 or 鬼節 in Hong Kong & ghost stories
In this episode, I will share some of the origins of the ghost festival孟蘭節or 鬼節. Will be talking about some rituals we do for this festival, and some haunted places in Hong Kong and a personal Hong Kong ghost story. Written material: Music credit:
August 28, 2020
How to ask questions - 5Ws & 1H
This episode focuses on how to ask the what, who, where, why, which and how questions in Cantonese. I hope you will find this useful and start truly conversing with other Cantonese learners and speakers. Written material: Music credit:
August 20, 2020
Buying groceries at the wet market in Hong Kong/ meat
Today I am chatting a little about buying groceries at the wet market in Hong Kong. You will learn about how we refer to the people who work there, names of the different cuts of meat and, some names of fish. Hope you enjoy it.  Written material: Music credit:
August 14, 2020
Cantonese auxiliary verbs (Need to/ Willing to/ Dare to)
This episode is on Cantonese auxiliary verbs (Need to/ Willing to/ Dare to), pretty straightforward lesson.  Vocab & sentences start at around 19:00. Exercises are also created: Written material: Online Cantonese Conversation class is open for enrolment: Music credit:
July 31, 2020
Cantonese grammar - Linking words (If...then.../
In this episode, I am talking more on grammar, linking words (If...then.../ I have also included some exercise on my webpage: Feel free to practice :) Written material: music credit:
July 23, 2020
How to order Dim Sum 點心 at a Cantonese Dim Sum restaurant 茶樓 ?
In this episode, I will talk more on ordering dim sums, the traditional ways vs the modern ways. At the end, I will have a scenario of someone ordering at a dim sum restaurant. Enjoy :) Music credit:
July 20, 2020
Cantonese grammar - Linking words (And & but)
In this episode I am talking about grammar, linking words (and & but). I am created some exercises on my webpage, feel free to visit and practice.  Written material: Exercise: Music credit:
July 16, 2020
Skill based: Harnessing your brain power to learn Cantonese
In this episode, I am going to talk about some learning techniques from "Learning how to learn: powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects" by Dr. Barbara Oakley & Dr. Terry Sejnowski provided by McMaster University and the University of California San Diego. These techniques are not exclusive to learning Cantonese but it might be very helpful in your journey of language learning. Hope you will find some golden nuggets in this episode.  Written material: Music credit:
July 10, 2020
Special request - How to order food from a Cantonese Restaurant - 茶餐廳(Cha Chan Tang) Tea Cafe?
In this episode, I will be talking about how to order food from a more casual Cantonese restaurant - 茶餐廳 Tea cafe. I will be talking about some dishes and their names. Enjoy! **Vocab starts at 25:00 Written material: Music credit:
June 30, 2020
Dragon Boat Festival端午節 -What do we do and why?
This is a short episode on Dragon Boat Festival. I will talk a little about what kinds of things we do surrounding Dragon Boat Festival, and the story behind the origin of Dragon Boat Festival. Thank you and enjoy!
June 21, 2020
Introducing yourself in Hong Kong Cantonese Part 1
This episode I will be talking about how to introduce yourself in Hong Kong Cantonese. I will be focusing on 3 questions - what is your name? Where are you from? What languages do you speak? I will also be speaking about a quite controversial topic in Hong Kong, which has been talked about for years, that is whether Cantonese is a language.
June 16, 2020
Happy Father’s Day! 父親節快樂
In this episode, I will be sharing some stories about fathers. At the end I will let you know a couple of sweet things you can say to your dad in Hong Kong Cantonese. Enjoy :)
June 9, 2020
What is happening in Hong Kong? National Security Bill 國安法? Popular places for Hong Kongers to move.
In this episode I will be sharing the news of what’s happening in Hong Kong. - The National Security Bill 國安法. I will also be talking about the places where Hong Kongers might want to move to or visit. Thank you for supporting Hong Kong and our people.
May 27, 2020
Seasons and weather 季節同天氣
I will be talking about seasons and weather. Included 2 poems for you to enjoy!
May 21, 2020
Tips for pronunciation & Cantonese romanization systems - mailbox answered
In this episode I am responding to a question I got from a listener on Cantonese pronunciations. I will be talking a bit about the different Cantonese romanization systems as well as some suggestions when pronouncing words. For written materials:
May 12, 2020
What to say to your mother in Cantonese for Mother's Day?
This episode will be on some things you can say to your mother in Cantonese for Mother's day. Also introducing the concept of filial piety 孝順. Wishing all mothers here happy mother's day. 祝所有既媽媽母親節快樂!
May 9, 2020
Movies for Hong Kong Cantonese Learning
This episode I have invited my student Hobert to chat together about some tips and technique with learning Cantonese with Movies, some movies recommendations, and more. Written material for this episode:
May 7, 2020
All about the dates- Year, Month, Day
In this episode, I will introduce the 3 units of year month and day to you, so you can start to read dates! Don’t miss any appointments because you don’t know them!
April 28, 2020
Speaking with your Ears - Excel in your listening and speaking
This episode is more on the technical side. We look into why even though u listen to “accurate” Cantonese and still can’t get the tones right. Here is why.
April 27, 2020
How to call your immediate family members in Hong Kong Cantonese -Kinship
In this episode, I will talk about how you called your immediate family members. Watch out for when people are cursing at you with your own family members.
April 21, 2020
Establishing good habits - 建立好習慣
Today I will be talking about 3 good habits that we have that I believe can reflect well on our culture. What are the good habits specific to your culture? Let me know :)
April 8, 2020
Emotions 情緒 - mood 心情
This episode are on emotions. I will explain a little on Chinese sense of emotions and desires, then move onto smaller emotions and a story :) hope everyone is safe and healthy at this time.
March 31, 2020
Global stockpiling hacks- HongKongese Grocery list
This episode I will talk about some of my own personal tips in stockpiling, learn Cantonese vocab for groceries. Stay safe and stay healthy!
March 12, 2020
Time will tell? - what time is it?
“Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend” - Theophrastus. In this episode I will focus on talking about how to use the numbers you have learn to tell time. What is the secret to Cantonese time telling? Written materials:
February 26, 2020
Simple rules for counting in Hong Kongese numbers
Numbers are important, from telling others your age, how much in prices, to getting someone’s numbers. Cantonese numbers are even more straightforward than English! Learn these rules of Cantonese numbers, and start calculating faster!
February 19, 2020
Learn Cantonese numbers 1-10 with Hypnosis I Fall Asleep quickly
This is a special episode for you to fall asleep while learning number 1-10 in Cantonese. ONLY listen when you are safely relaxed, and not while driving or operating machinery. Visual Material: Written Material:
February 15, 2020
Hong Kongese Valentines Day
This episode, we will explore Valentines days in Hong Kong, things you would give to your partner, and how to confess your love. Enjoy!
February 8, 2020
Hong Kongese Happy Birthday Part 1
In this episode, I will be exploring Hong Kongese birthdays. Some cultural stuff regarding birthdays, what to say to wish people happy birthday. :) Enjoy! For YouTube visual materials, visit « The Art of Hong Kongese by a Dummy »
February 5, 2020
Hong Kongese Greetings Part 2
In this episode, you will learn more about conversational greetings, different ways of saying “how are you”, how to respond to how are you, the degrees of wellness. Enjoy! For written materials:
January 30, 2020
Coronavirus, Wuhan Pneumonia, SARI- information and how to prevent it?
In this episode, we will be exploring coronavirus 冠狀病毒, Wuhan Pneumonia 武漢肺炎, What Hong Kong government has done so far, what you can do to prevent it, and some random Mandarin when you are in contact with a Chinese person who might’ve travelled to China and been infected. Wishing you all 身體健康good health! For written material:
January 25, 2020
Chinese New Year In Hong Kong Part. 2
This episode, I will talk about some important dates in the Chinese New Year, some lucky sayings, and some foods to eat during Chinese New Year. Enjoy! For written material:
January 23, 2020
Chinese New Year in Hong Kong Part 1
In this episode, we will look into some Chinese New Year Traditions in Hong Kong. You will hear about why red is the go to colour during CNY, where to do firecrackers, and some traditions during CNY. Enjoy! For written material:
January 22, 2020
Hong Kongese Greetings
In this podcast you will learn about common greetings used by Hong Kongers in daily life. For written material:
January 21, 2020