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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Andrew, Feb 17, 2015.

  1. Ethan

    Ethan New Member

    Hi,I come from GuangDong,China .

    I joined here looking for cartoon resources of cantonese , also trying to creat an environment for my daughter .
  2. Flo Toronto

    Flo Toronto New Member

  3. NessNZ

    NessNZ New Member

    Hi everyone!

    I'm Nessie. I'm really happy to have found this forum. I was born in Hong Kong but have lived in New Zealand since the age of 5. I'm married to a Kiwi bloke and we have a 8 month old baby girl. I am trying to speak Cantonese to my daughter but my spoken canto is basic only. I can't really read or write and my husband and I communicate in English.

    When I go back to work full time my daughter will be 13 months will go to daycare so I'm quite worried that she won't pick up Cantonese. We live in Auckland and I haven't found any Cantonese childcare/playgroups. Combined with the fact I can't read her Chinese books I'm feeling a little apprehensive about my ability to teach her Cantonese. Am thinking of enrolling her in Mandarin classes when she is older (not sure what age is best?) So am really looking forward to reading about others' experiences and strategies and using the great resources on this site.
  4. Yourcoolness

    Yourcoolness New Member

    Hi everyone,

    I was born and raised in Los Angeles. My first language was Cantonese but English is no doubt the language I am most comfortable with. My grandparents are originally from the Guangdong province, but my parents were both born in different parts of Southeast Asia (then met in LA!) I still mostly speak to my parents in Cantonese, and I'd say my level of Cantonese is pretty good for conversations but I think my vocabulary could use a lot of improving. I started going to weekend Chinese school to learn Mandarin at the age of 5 and continued that for TEN YEARS. As a result, I can understand Mandarin and can get by conversationally. My message comes across but I don't always say what I need to say in the best possible way... just the best way I know how. I can also read and write.

    I'm married to a Cambodian American and we have a 1-year-old son who I speak Cantonese to. My husband is learning Cantonese with my son. If he can say it in Cantonese, he will, otherwise, he speaks to him in English. Sometimes I read to my son in Cantonese and sometimes in Mandarin, but I rarely speak to him in Mandarin. He also attends a home daycare where the owner regularly uses both Cantonese and Mandarin, so I'm hoping that the early exposure means that he'll be trilingual in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.
  5. TwoPrawns

    TwoPrawns New Member

    • What's your background? CBC :)
    • How good is your Chinese? Quite well, all things considered!
    • How many children do you have? 3
    • What language would you like them to learn? Cantonese and Mandarin... not necessarily in that order.
  6. BL888

    BL888 New Member

    Hi All , Im Bobby. Born in UK and parents are from HK. My first language is hakka followed by cantonese. I have recently started learning mandarin at work ( i work for a Chinese Bank in London). I have 3 kids and my eldest is learning mandarin at our local chinese school.

    Great to meet you all...
  7. ryvchong

    ryvchong New Member

    I'm Rachel and I'm from Toronto, Canada. I picked up a (very) basic level of Cantonese from my great-grandma and my parents growing up. I have two young boys who are learning Mandarin through an online course, and I've been learning alongside them. I also have a toddler, and he loves watching Peppa Pig in Cantonese! While I missed the opportunity to teach my older boys Cantonese, I'm hoping to buff up my Cantonese to a level that would at least support my todder's learning. It often feels like a pipe dream, but I hope my kids (and I) will someday achieve true fluency in Chinese. My eldest loves Peking duck, so right now a goal for him is to become self-sufficient in ordering his favourite dish! :)
  8. soh

    soh New Member

    Hello - I came across this forum during my attempt to find Cantonese resources that I could use for my kids. Born and raised in Canada, my first language is Cantonese but of course English became my primary language. I have 2 toddlers and we're trying to teach them Cantonese to the best of our abilities (spoken Cantonese as we're both pretty dismal in writing).
  9. George and Nina

    George and Nina New Member

    Hello everyone, this is George (ABC-Cantonese) and Nina (MIT-Mandarin). We are currently living in the US, New Jersey, with our two sons Lukas (2 and 10 months old)) and Ethan (11 months old).

    (George) My family is originally from Nanhai Guangzou, I am the only one born and raised in the US. Up until I started school Cantonese was my primary and only language since everyone only spoke Cantonese at home. I did not last long attending Chinese school on weekends, so read and writing is minimal.

    (Nina) I was born in Taiwan but moved to the Philippines at age 9, then later moved to the US at age 18. English had become my strongest language. I can speak Mandarin fluently with some Taiwanese, can read and write but writing is out of practice (Last time I wrote a letter in Chinese to my brother he said I was using English grammar J) I really want to learn Cantonese.

    We want to make sure our kids learn to speak both languages so we are enforcing OPOL in our house. We know it works having witnessed George’s niece and nephews (all grown adults now) being fluent in both languages. Our sister-in-law is also a Mandarin speaking Taiwanese, though she did learn to speak Cantonese very well too.

    We are very excited to have found this forum to help provide a Chinese learning environment at home for our boys!
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  10. Norman

    Norman New Member

    Hi All

    My name is Norman. I am a British Born Chinese living in Somerset. My son (7) and daughter (3) are both mixed Chinese/British. I speak Cantonese to my kids but they always reply back in English. My family all live in the Midlands so the kids never really get to hear anyone other than me speak Cantonese. It would be great if they can hear more Cantonese through film and TV so they get more exposure to it. There doesn't appear to be much Chinese activity/community here in the South West where they can go and meet children in a similar situation. If there is anyone around the Taunton area it would be great to hear from you.
  11. Eva

    Eva New Member

    Hello everyone! I am from Hong Kong but living in London currently. I have 2 year old twins and have been teaching them Cantonese. It is going a little slow so I am hoping to introduce their favourite cartoons in Chinese. I would welcome any suggestions or activities which I can introduce to enhance their language skills.
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  12. Cindy Lau

    Cindy Lau Member

    Hi Eva, as you are from Hong Kong don't you find it very easy to keep up the Cantonese teaching?
    Amazing to have twins!!
  13. Baggio@Cantolounge

    Baggio@Cantolounge New Member

    I feel that I might not be a typical member here lol.

    Hi, I'm Baggio and I was born and raised in Hong Kong, but spent my university years in Shanghai. I've been to school in Cantonese, English and Mandarin, and so I'm equally comfortable with all three, and have a reasonable conversational proficiency in Japanese, French and Korean (hoping to bring my Spanish up to speed soon) though years of self study, so maybe my experiences might be helpful to parents here looking to raise their children trilingually / multilingually.

    I'm currently running a site that with Cantonese learning materials - it's at https://cantolounge.com if anyone's interested.

    Happy to help however I can! Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.

    Cheers :)
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  14. Triplestep

    Triplestep New Member

    Hi everyone, I was born and raised in London. I have 2 young children and speak Cantonese to them.
  15. hanovercigars

    hanovercigars New Member

    Hello I'm Mark, I was born and raised in the United Kingdom. I'm married to Wanda and both our parents are from Hong Kong. We have a daughter who is 1 year old. We all want to learn or improve our Cantonese.
  16. MissToy

    MissToy New Member

    I know very, very little Chinese. I grew up in the US and my parents were worried that if they taught us Chinese, we would have an "accent."

    I have a 5 year old, and a 2 year old. Both boys. The 5 year old is very fluent because his nanny until he was 4 only spoke Cantonese with him. The 2 year old understands some, but we moved and lost the nanny a year ago.

    I'm trying to learn in order to maintain what the 5 year old has. I'd like to teach the 2 year old, but it's hard when I don't know any myself.
  17. mimotahiki

    mimotahiki New Member

    Hi all, i'm excited to have found this website and all the materials here. I had just begun cantonese so excited to learn with children. They aged 3 and 1 now. Nice to meet you all!
  18. Eddy629

    Eddy629 New Member

    Hi, I am Eddie, born in HK, immigrated to US after high school, finished University in New York, worked in I.T., got certified to teach English, taught in 7 countries in Europe, plus US, China, Russia... English level C2. Can help with Cantonese practice over skype for reasonable rate. Thank you.
  19. raichu

    raichu New Member

    Hi Eddie, maybe you can start a new thread or something. I'm sure many others would be interested and then we can ask you questions? How much do you charge? Are you in the US?
  20. Cheryl H

    Cheryl H New Member

    Hi! I'm Cheryl. I was born in Taiwan and immigrated to the US when I was 5. My Mandarin is K/1st grade level and I'm fairly illiterate in reading but have been trying to learn and improve both my speaking and reading since my son was about 3-4 years old. I want to be able to pass some Mandarin language on to him. Over the years, I have been trying to read to him consistently (thank goodness I remembered my zhuyin!) and speak to him in Mandarin as much as I can. I try to make sure my son gets daily Mandarin exposure whether it be through hearing me read books or through videos. Eventually, I would like to try to teach him to read, but my main goal right now is for him to keep his interest in Mandarin and give him enough of a foundation so that if he wants to learn more advanced Mandarin at any point in his life, he has a good basis to start from.

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