[10/17/17 update: I reconsidered what I originally typed here, which constituted an ultimatum to my students who had not done the homework. I did NOT in fact issue that ultimatum during the following class, because several problem students appear to have quit the class and the vibe last night was much better, more productive, and students seemed to take the class more seriously than 2 weeks ago. Thanks to everyone for this.]
Below are the Cantonese Tones Youtube video links submitted so far by our students. So far, 10 students have done the homework.
Please remember that the purpose for this homework assignment was twofold:
- To give you a fun and appropriate homework assignment related to the material that we covered during our last class; and
- To provide extra support for those of you experiencing issues regarding the concept of 6 tones and what will be necessary for each of you personally, unrelated to anyone else in the class, to learn how these 6 tones work FOR YOUR VOICE, FOR YOUR EARS.
Links submitted so far for Youtube videos teaching the 6 tones of Cantonese, with brief notes from me when appropriate:
This is not a particularly clear video and I do NOT recommend watching this one. Thanks to the student who submitted it, but this video may confuse you if you watch it.
This video was submitted by 4 students so far and also uses jyut ping, the other romanization system that we used to teach at ALESN. Even though we are teaching Yale now, this is still a good video for the sounds of the tones, with a good graphic chart for visualization of the relative pitch levels involved in the 6 tones.
This video is short, sweet and to the point. I would have exaggerated the 4 tone a bit more, as I did in class, because one mistake that many beginner Cantonese students make (myself included when I first started) was to mix up the 4 and the 6 tones (indeed, with some words, the tones are apparently interchangeable and a difference in meaning may not be recognized, according to my NYC Cantonese conversation partner Candy Chan, a native Hong Kong speaker living in NYC). This is an excellent video for all of you to play over and over again, maybe 50 times in a row. You get the audio along with the visual and a hand pointing to each tone on the chart, all in real time, all in under 30 seconds.
This is a cute, short video demonstrating the importance of proper tone pronunciation, sent by Amy Lam, one of our students who is already fluent in Cantonese and who is taking the class to learn to read Yale romanization. This video expands on the humorous mispronunciation that I mentioned between touh5 ngoh6 vs. touh5 ngo1: hungry vs. diarrhea.
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HERE ARE SOME OTHER VIDEOS THAT I HAVE FOUND USEFUL...
BRENDAN'S VIDEO LINK # 1: This is an excellent video, also using some of the numbers from 1 to 10 to illustrate the 6 tones. It then goes on to give sample words using tone combinations, comparing the tones in the Cantonese word for Hong Kong, for example, to the pronunciation of the Cantonese numbers 1 and then 9, which share the same tone combination of 1 and then 2.