Today we want to take a break from our gauntlet of Cantonese podcasts and provide you with a quick way to test your progress and reinforce the Cantonese you've already learned. We're going to do this by giving you a quick listening test to measure your comprehension of spoken Cantonese, and your ability to pick up on the six tones in Cantonese.

The words and phrases covered in this test are drawn from our first four lessons on critical Cantonese, so they should be familiar to you. But can you remember the tones? Join us as we quickly review all six of the tones in Cantonese and then test you on whether you can pick them up by ear. We'll continue to do this in the future, so in addition to being a good learning exercise, this is a great way to measure your progress with Cantonese.
 said on
January 4, 2011
What phonetic system should I be learning: jyutping or yale? What are the pros and cons of both?
 said on
January 5, 2011

- Jyutping uses the International Phonetic Alphabet while Yale uses the English Alphabet.

It's easier for an English speaker to pronounce a Cantonese word with Yale but very likely with an English accent, because the sounds that its alphabet represents are similar to English, however, not exactly the same. One might develop an English accent if they're not aware of the difference. But if you are aware, you should be safe.

- Jyutping uses tone numbers - easier to type; Yale uses tone contours and an "h" - easier to sound.

- Jyutping distinguishes certain sounds that Yale doesn't. For example, Jyutping has "oe" and "eo", where Yale only uses "eu" to represent both. Jyutping defines a rare "eu" sound that Yale ignores.

- It also depends on what material you're using to learn Cantonse. If it's in Yale, then Yale it is. I think both systems have quite a number of resources nowadays.

As a native Cantonese speaker I find jyutping phonetically more accurate. I can see why Yale is popular, too. It's a personal preference.
 said on
January 6, 2011
Jyutping is the new standard Hong Kong is moving on and is definitely the one to learn. Yale has more legacy, but fewer people are using it these days and it is dying out.

 said on
January 7, 2011
Hey guys,

I just did the quiz and either I'm missing a change in tone or the answer to the second question doesn't match what i've learned in the previous lessons ;)

 said on
January 7, 2011

Hey Philipp -- it should definitely be the fifth tone. Having some system problems updating the question so we've removed it for the time being. Thanks for the catch.

 said on
May 8, 2012

A couple of minor issues:

1) Question 2 from the recording is missing from the transcript, so all the numbers are out by one from there.

2) In the trascript, for Question 6, it says "excuse me, please or hello" where the final word should be "thank you"

3) You've got '&' in several places as if it were ported from html

But it's still very useful, so thank you!
 said on
May 8, 2012

Thanks for the help pointing this out. I'll take a look and try to see what the problem is here.



 said on
November 24, 2012
A question is still missing in the transcript - please fix as this is the first listening test!! I'm doing it multiple times and find the error discouraging. Thanks!
 said on
August 10, 2015
The review questions do not show up. No matter which browser I use i only get a blank popup with a title. I turned off my virusscanner, emptied browser cache etc. But it does not work.