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Romanization Conversion

Because Cantonese is a colloquial language, there is a lot of inconsistency on how to write it in Latin letters. For this site, we have developed our own Romanization, along with IPA-style tone symbols.

Kisa: Romanization used on this website (www.cantonese.ca)
IPA: International Phonetic Alphabet (Handbook of the International Phonetic Association)
Lau: Sidney Lau Cantonese Series
Yale: English-Cantonese in Yale Romanization
Jyutping: yüt6 pIng3 standardized by the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong
CPB: Lonely Planet Cantonese Phrasebook

Tones

Kisa/IPA Lau Yale Jyutping CPB
1 1, o à, a macron 1 à
2 2, * á 2 á
3 3 a 3 a macron
4 4 àh 4 a
5 5 áh 5 a double acute
6 6 ah 6 a double macron

Initials

Kisa IPA Lau Yale Jyutping CPB
b p b b b b
p ph p p p p
m m m m m m
f f f f f f
d t d d d d
t th t t t t
l l l l l l
g k g g g g
k kh k k k k
h h h h h h
dz ts j j z j
ts tsh ch ch c ch
s s s s s s
y j y y j y
w w w w w w
gw kw gw gw gw gw
kw kwh kw kw kw kw

Finals

Kisa IPA Lau Yale Jyutping CPB
a a: a a aa a
ai a:i aai aai aai aai
au a:u aau aau aau aau
am am aam aam aam aam
an an aan aap aan aan
ang ang aang aang aang aang
ap ap aap aap aap aap
at at aat aat aat aat
ak ak aak aak aak aak

Kisa IPA Lau Yale Jyutping CPB
Ai Ai ai ai ai ai
Au Au au au au au
Am A am am am am
An An an an an an
Ang Ang  ang ang ang ang
Ap Ap ap ap ap ap
At At at at at at
Ak Ak ak ak ak ak

Kisa IPA Lau Yale Jyutping CPB
o O: oh o o oh
oi O:i oi oi oi oi
ou ou o ou ou o
on On on on on on
ong Ong  ong ong ong ong
ot Ot ot ot ot ot
ok Ok ok ok ok ok

Kisa IPA Lau Yale Jyutping CPB
e E:  e e e e
ei ei ei ei ei ei
eu E:u     eu  
eng Eng  eng eng eng eng
ek Ek ek ek ek ek

Kisa IPA Lau Yale Jyutping CPB
i i: i i i i
iu i:u iu iu iu iu
im im im im im im
in in in in in in
Ing Ing  ing ing ing ing
ip ip ip ip ip ip
it it it it it it
Ik Ik ik ik ik ik

Kisa IPA Lau Yale Jyutping CPB
œ oe: euh eu oe euh
öü y ui eui eoi ui
ön oen un eun eon un
œng oeng eung eung oeng eung
öt oet ut eut eot ut
œk oek euk euk oek euk

Kisa IPA Lau Yale Jyutping CPB
u u: oo u u oo
ui u:i ooi ui ui ooi
un un oon un un oon
Ung Ung  ung ung ung ung
ut ut oot ut ut oot
Uk Uk uk uk uk uk

Kisa IPA Lau Yale Jyutping CPB
ü y: ue yu yu ue
ün yn uen yun yun uen
üt yt uet yut yut uet

Kisa IPA Lau Yale Jyutping CPB
m m m m m m
ng ng ng ng ng ng

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