Cantonese Conversations – Behind The Scenes Of An Exciting New Online Cantonese Project

In this blog post, you’re going to see behind the scenes of a “passion project” I’ve been working on for months. It’s called Cantonese Conversations, and it’s my answer to a horrible lack of study material out there for people trying to learn Cantonese online. After traveling thousands of miles, working with dozens of people, […]

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New Project: Learn To Write Traditional Chinese Characters

I’m stuck. After a couple of years learning Cantonese, I feel like I’m at an impasse. The problem? I can’t read. I can speak Cantonese, but I’ve never learnt to read or write. You might think that’s a bit odd, but not studying Chinese writing at the start was a conscious decision I made, based […]

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Learning Songs To Stay Motivated In Language Learning

I had a bit of free time this afternoon so I decided to sit down and record a song in Cantonese. I discovered this song – 愛是永恆 – some time ago and really loved it. You can find the lyrics here. Learning songs perhaps isn’t an immediately obvious language learning activity, but I’ve found it to […]

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My CRAZY 5AM Language Routine

For the last month, I’ve been on a crazy new language learning routine. I get up at 5 a.m. every day to study Cantonese, and have seen some exceptional results… My vocabulary has grown My listening comprehension has improved I can speak more fluently So what possessed me to start waking up at 5 a.m.? Don’t […]

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How to learn Cantonese in 1 year!

Almost 1 year ago, I made the decision to learn Cantonese. It was kind of a crazy decision to make. 🙂

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Review Of CantoneseClass101.com – Website For Learning Cantonese Online

This is a review of CantoneseClass101.com, a online resource for learning Cantonese, which I’ve been using myself for the last 6 months. I’m going to take you inside the paid members area, with a video showing you the main features of the website, and then give you my honest assessment of the quality of the […]

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Speaking Cantonese After 6 Months

This is me (and my lovely assistant) speaking Cantonese after 6 months. As you can see, completely unprepared, and with the added complication of having to navigate the roads of Doha in my Jeep! This video, for me, demonstrates what’s possible by studying a language from scratch for 15-30 minutes a day. There were some […]

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How I Learned Eight Languages

It all started back in 2000. I had just finished my first year at music college and had decided to take a break. A lot of my friends had gone off travelling during their gap year and I was left wondering whether I should have done the same. I arranged to take a year off […]

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Cantonese 4-month update video

To celebrate the end of the year, here’s my 4-month update video! There are no subtitles on this one, I’m afraid, since it’s recorded here in Sri Lanka where I have no computer access. As I attempt to explain in the video, I’ve changed my approach quite a bit in the last two months. We […]

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How to make progress (Cantonese 3-month update)

The 2-3 month point in learning a language can be tough. Motivation starts to falter and you find out whether you have what it takes to keep going! If you’ve ever started something with lots of energy, but struggled to keep going, this video is for you! I talk in English about the challenges I’ve faced […]

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Cantonese: 2-month progress video

I’ve been making steady progress with my Cantonese and here’s my 2-month progress video! Please leave me a comment and share this video using the buttons below if you enjoyed it – I’d be really grateful! To learn more about my new Cantonese learning resource, Cantonese Conversations, click this link. Progress Videos: Cantonese 1-month progress video […]

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How I learnt Cantonese – the first month

In this video, I discuss how I went about learning Cantonese during the first month. My 1-month progress video is here. Here are the resources mentioned: FSI Cantonese Cantoneseclass101.com SRS (Spaced repetition system) To learn more about my new Cantonese learning resource, Cantonese Conversations, click this link. Please post your comments below! Progress Videos: Cantonese 1-month […]

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Video in Cantonese: 1 month progress

Here we go! I’ve been studying Cantonese for 1 month and this is the video of my current level. It’s very raw, and I know it must be full of mistakes, but I’d be happy if you can understand the message at least! To find out how I learnt it all, see here. To learn […]

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