Books with Jyutping

I love books with jyutping! It is inclusive to families who are learning to speak or read in Cantonese. Cantonese is a very hard language, a consistent pronunciation guide is helpful for us learners to learn together, communicate with each other and look up unfamiliar words. If you are new to jyutping, it is a romanization system for Cantonese developed by the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong. Jyutping and Yale are the most common Cantonese romanization. However, I have found jyutping is more accessible than yale. To learn more about jyutping, you can watch the following videos on YouTube: jyutping introduction and Cantonese tones.

I am thrilled to see many Cantonese resources available now. The community has really thrived in the last couple of years. Below I will share some books that have jyutping that you might want to add to your home library.

Cantonese Children Stories written in Spoken Cantonese

These books are written in the way that Cantonese people speak. You will see words such as 嘅 instead of 的 and 係 instead of 是.

Cantonese Stories written in Spoken Cantonese

These books are written in the way that Cantonese people speak. You will see words such as 嘅 instead of 的 and 係 instead of 是.

Hambaanglaang has 40 different print titles available. You can purchase a hard copy on Little Kozzi if you are in Canada. They also have free resources available on their YouTube and their website.

Cantonese Stories in Written Cantonese

These books are written in the standard written form.

Vocabulary Books

Idioms and Sayings

Cantonese.jpg, Cantonese2.jpg by Ah To – Available on Little Kozzi

Learn to Speak Cantonese

  • Learn to Speak Cantonese 1, Learn to Speak Cantonese 2 by Jade Wu (Inspirlang) – Available on Amazon
  • Every Day Cantonese for Parents by Ann Hamilton (Mooliprint) – Available on Amazon

Nursery Rhymes

Cantonese classic nursery rhymes contain more than 50 classic Cantonese nursery rhymes. – Available on Little Kozzi, more titles available (Tang Poetry and Song Poetry)

Coming Soon

  • Katrina Liu (Mina Learns Chinese) is working on translating more of her titles into Cantonese
  • The team at Bitty Bao (Lulu and Lacey) is also working on translating their titles to Cantonese as well

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