Romanization Conversion Tool

There are many romanization systems for Cantonese.  Most modern reference books and textbooks are now using Yale romanization, but there are older systems that were used in older references.  A new romanization system, called "jyutping" was adopted by the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong in 1993.  While few reference books have been published which use this system and most western universities continue to use Yale, "jyutping" will enjoy increasing popularity.

This website uses the Yale romanization system for Cantonese.  Those familiar with or dealing with other romanization systems may wish to convert to and from other systems.

Convert Yale Cantonese Romanization

Input only one syllable at a time.
Do not include the "h" in low tone words, this may cause you to receive incorrect results.

Yale Romanization

Jyutping

Sydney-Lau

Meyer-Wempe

Note that tone marks for Meyer-Wempe
should be placed above the vowel when
written rather than at the side as displayed here.
The symbol "v" is used for a tone mark,
It should not be mistaken for the letter.

High Tone
High Falling
Mid Tone 
Mid Rising
Low Tone
Low Rising
Low Falling

Yale Tone Marks & Website Adaptations

 

High Tone High Falling Mid Tone Mid Rising Low Tone Low Rising Low Falling

Yale

a e i o u ah eh ih oh uh

Web

-a- \a\ a /a/ ah /ah/ \ah\

Convert Other Romanizations to Yale

Input only one syllable at a time.  Do not include the "h" in low tone words, this may cause you to receive incorrect results.

Jyutping
(include tone number)

Yale Romanization

Sydney-Lau
(include tone number)

Meyer-Wempe

Upper Even

Note that tone marks for Cantonese
Yale Romanization should be placed
above the vowel when written rather
than at the side as displayed here.
See the chart above.

Upper Rising

Upper Going

Middle Entering

Upper Entering

Lower Even

Lower Rising
Lower Going
Lower Entering

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