Yale Romanization For Cantonese

The following pages explain the Yale Romanization system as used on this website and why it is important for learning Cantonese.

Why learn pingyam?
Explains why learning romanization is important for foreigners learning Cantonese

Why Cantonese Natives Should Learn Pingyam
Gives the advantages a native Cantonese speaker can gain by learning the romanization system

Cantonese Sounds
Breaks Cantonese sounds into their component parts and gives the romanization symbols for the sounds

Cantonese Tones
Explains about the Cantonese tones and conventions used for marking them in romanization

Cantonese sound chart
Fairly comprehensive list of Cantonese sounds.  Some rare sounds are omitted.  The chart gives the romanization, a representative character (ideal for native speakers to learn pingyam), and a recording of how the sound is pronounced.

Romanization Conversion Tool
Converts Yale romanization to other Cantonese romanization systems and other systems into Yale.


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