The Cantonese podcast for fans of linguistics, language lovers, and Cantonese learners. This episode discusses Bulgarian grammar, evidentiality, Signal and Telegram’s Hong Kong localisation in Cantonese, writing Cantonese in French, and names and translations within the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

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苗:吓,呢啲睇維基㗎咋嘛!我唔識講㗎嘛,我識……我識有呢四樣嘢,我照住讀。叫我自然噉講,我唔識㗎嘛。

以:呢個標準嘅語言學家。

苗:呢個就係語言學嘞!冇錯!

以:知道,但係唔識。

苗:You just insulted my entire race of people, but thank you.

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絮言.狂想 #004

The Cantonese podcast for fans of linguistics, language lovers, and Cantonese learners. This episode starts with the English and Japanese loanwords in Cantonese and talks about special features of word borrowing among Chinese-influenced languages, as well as calques and the Balkan Sprachbund.

Show notes and links available on the Cantonese page. Transcript below.

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[intro]

以:係啊係啊係啊係啊。(苗:哦,OKOK)Wiki講㗎。Wiki講一定啱㗎。

苗:哦,原來係噉。

靳:呢個係咪intro嚟㗎,我想問。

以:係啊,呢個應該係intro啊。

苗:呢個係intro喇。

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絮言.狂想 #003

The Cantonese podcast for fans of linguistics, language lovers, and Cantonese learners. This language is a language-guessing game, like the Great Language Game, where two of our hosts guess Japanese, Korean, French, German, European Portuguese, Thai, Vietnamese, Swedish, Egyptian Arabic, and Polish. They explain their deductive process using phonological features.

Show notes and links available on the Cantonese page. Transcript below.

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[Intro]

靳:深喉音啦,我哋啱啱講完內爆音,依家又講深喉音啦,係咪?

以:喂,咪玩嘢啊你,我笑點好低㗎

三:呢個……呢個節目係……合家歡節目嚟㗎呢個,係

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The Cantonese podcast for fans of linguistics, language lovers and Cantonese learners alike. With the release of the Netflix reality show Deaf U, the second episode discusses sign languages, Deaf culture, and various ways of communicating without sound.

Show notes and links available on the Cantonese page. Transcript below.

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[Intro]

苗:有一樣嘢非常之重要嘅,就係叫做……我又唔識講喇,中文。Indexing啊。手指指噉樣……

以:我唔知咩係indexing。

苗:手指……我就叫佢手指指啦,好啦。

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Verb aspects are a thing that annoys many learners of Russian, Polish etc. Most learning resources just told me the basics of what they mean, but not how they function in practice.

This is a series where I, as an intermediate Polish learner, attempt to explain some grammatical features common to most Slavic languages in a simple, jargon-free and applicable way. I will be using Polish as my examples but I hope my notes will help learners of other languages too.

The perfective and imperfective verb-pairs took me a long time to figure out, but here’s what they are, in a nutshell:

The perfective aspect of verbs mean one thing: the thing is DONE. FINISHED. ONE ACTION.

The imperfective aspect of verbs can have two meanings:
1. the PROCESS of the action. Starting to do it, but not finishing it yet.
2. doing a thing REPEATEDLY.

Taking Polish as an example: zrobić – to have done; robić – to be in the process of doing OR to do repeatedly, regularly.

Now when to use which is something you need to get a feel for, but I’ll list some general principles I discovered. (I’ll be leaving the formation of the verb forms for another post.)

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