Romanization System

I know that the 1960’s course from the Defense Language Institute for 台山話 uses a really old romanization system.  And I know it gave me a lot of trouble at first.  So I made this write-up to:

  • help explain some of the differences between the romanization scheme in this textbook and the Yale and jyutping romanization schemes used in Cantonese
  • help explain some of the patterns I observed in the similarities between Cantonese and Hoisanwa

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Cantonese Pronunciation Advice

I’ve heard this advice before, and it is really well explained in this video.

Personally, I do make an effort to follow this advice. But I know that if I am speaking fast or just not paying close attention, I still slip into making “ch” and “j” sounds.