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On Dick and cat6 (seven)

On Dick and cat6 (seven)

Today we are going to talk about a Cantonese swearword. This is not suitable for children and conservative ladies. The Cantonese swearword in question is cat6?, which means dick, a vulgar term for male reproductive organ. An erected but soft penis is called cat6?. luk1cat1??means prick. cat1? comes from the Cantonese numeral cat1? (seven), but…

A Very Brief Introduction to Cantonese

A Very Brief Introduction to Cantonese

Dr. Cantonese (Chapman Chen, Ph.D.) Cantonese is one of the most elegant, time-honored and sophisticated languages on Earth. With a history of at least three thousand years, and still being spoken by 0.1 billion people all over the world, it is a living fossil of orthodox Chinese culture, organically combining the ancient Pak Yuet language,…

Entering Tones (Checked Tones)

Entering Tones (Checked Tones)

Dr. Cantonese (Chapman Chen, Ph.D.) Cantonese has nine tones and six tone contours. The six tone contours include high-falling (1), mid-rising (2), mid-level (3), low-falling (4), low falling (5), low-level (6). There are three entering tones, namely, entering high-level (1), entering mid-level (3), entering low-level (6). For example, read aloud in the following order: fan1?…