Sorry for the delay...busy week.
This past Monday, we covered all but the final conversation drills from lesson 2 and then we briefly previewed the vocabulary and recapitulated dialogue for lesson 3, which is what we will cover this coming Monday.
Because this past Monday was our first week back after 3 weeks off, we began by quickly reviewing the vocabulary and dialogue for lesson 2. Then I briefly reviewed the book's notes and grammar points up to page 42, which is where we had left off before Christmas. From here, I quickly covered the grammar points from page 42 through page 44:
- Choice type questions (in other words, YES OR NO questions). I explained the uses of blah blah blah MA3 questions to take any statement and turn it into a yes or no question. I also covered the equivalent questions formed by verb MH4 verb A3 questions -- also yes no or "choice type questions." I gave lots of examples. We will continue coverage of these 2 types of yes/no questions for the rest of the year, so don't worry if you didn't "get" everything the first time during last Monday's class.
- Question word questions: WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY, HOW, HOW MUCH/HOW MANY? So far, we have seen WHAT questions (mat1 yeh5 / mi1 yeh5 / me1 yeh5 questions). ***NOTE WHERE THE QUESTION WORD "WHAT" GOES IN A CANTONESE QUESTION: IT GOES AT THE END OF THE SENTENCE: blah blah blah HAIH6 MAT1 YEH5 A3? We will discuss the placement of Cantonese question words at length as they come up for the rest of the course. I briefly introduced the WHO question at the end of last Monday's class when I previewed lesson 3's vocabulary and dialogue...
- GE3 "noun forming boundword" = "OF OR PERTAINING TO" whatever comes before it. We have already seen this in lesson 2's dialogue with Pronoun SING3 [LAST NAME] GE3 = "He or she is one of those Wong people." I explained that there are other uses, and that the most common use of GE3 is actually "apostrophe s" -- as in possession: BOB GE3 = Bob's [whatever it is that Bob owns]. Ngoh5 GE3 = MY or MINE...We will cover other uses of GE3 as the course unfolds.
- Pronunciation variations of MAT1 YEH5, including the briefest contracted form of all, ME1?!, which is rude [watch Cecilie's CantoCourse Cantonese The Movie Episode 1 In A Bar Youtube video for her discussion of ME1?!].
Everyone in class did very well with the various transformation, expansion, and response drills on pages 44-49. In the interest of time, I asked you all to do the Conversation Drills on pages 49-53 on your own. I wanted to allow time for a brief preview of Lesson 3, which we did. SO, YOUR HOMEWORK IS TO REVIEW LESSON 2 AND TO DO THE JUST MENTIONED CONVERSATION DRILLS ON YOUR OWN.
Everyone is sounding really, really good when you are repeating after me. How well are you all doing when there is no one in the room to repeat after?
Well, I hope?
Please refer to the following THREE 2017 blog entries covering the material mentioned above:
I AM ALSO REMINDED FROM THIS BLOG ENTRY THAT FOLLOWING THE MENTION OF QUESTION WORD QUESTIONS IN 2017, I DIGRESSED WITH THE GENERAL SYNTAX OF A CANTONESE SENTENCE, IN THE FORM OF A MAP THAT YOU CAN USE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE TO CONSTRUCT A GRAMMATICALLY CORRECT CANTONESE SENTENCE ABOUT ANYTHING EVEN WHEN YOU ARE NOT COMPLETELY FAMILIAR WITH THE VOCABULARY INVOLVED.
Please preview this information in the above blog entry and we will cover it on Monday. Please also watch the ridiculous and spot on "2 White Guys Speaking Cantonese" video at the end of the blog entry. It should make you smile. It is very well done. These 2 guys grew up in Macau and I think went through the Chinese school system there, and live in Canada now, which is where they are originally from, I believe. They have other videos as well, if you like them.
Here is the next 2017 blog entry, also covering this same lesson 2 material, with another Cecilie CantoCourse video at the end:
And finally, the 2017 blog entry covering the end of the Lesson 2 material:
See everyone on Monday, with a synopsis of [WHEN] WHO [WHEN] WHERE [WHAT action happens in the sentence] WHY/HOW Cantonese sentence structure and syntax, and then the beginning of lesson 3.