Chapter 9: Tools to learn Mandarin 拼音/普通話 學習工具
These are mobile tools to learn Mandarin. They can be used when
traveling (if your phone has a mobile data connection).
First choice for native Cantonese speakers learning Mandarin
Microsoft Translator APP
(simple to install and easy to use):
You can speak in Cantonese and it translates to Mandarin and outputs
simplified characters, Mandarin sounds 普通話 and Pinyin 拼音.
It also transcribes Cantonese dialect into more formal Mandarin e.g.
你識唔識 becomes 你懂不懂
App "RTHK On The Go" has two radio channels in Mandarin. 電台直播-第七台 is
Mandarin mostly spoken by fully bilingual Mandarin-Cantonese
speakers. The speakers generally can speak Cantonese, therefore they
are easier to listen to due to the slight Cantonese accent.
Google Translate APP:
Input can be English, Chinese (handwriting) or Mandarin voice.
(it is possible but geeky to add 廣東話 voice input for Google
Google Translate will output Mandarin Pinyin with tonal marks and
produce Mandarin sounds. Unfortunately Google refused to produce
To add 廣東話 voice input (called voice typing), the setup is a bit
complex and confusing.
I'll add 廣東話 voice input procedures at a later time.
Assuming "廣東話 voice typing" is working:
Tap the microphone icon, speak in Cantonese, Google Translate will
output Mandarin Pinyin with tonal marks and produce Mandarin
Pleco APP: (can be used completely offline,
great for travel use)
Settings Audio Voice Recognition: Cantonese.
It accepts Cantonese voice input and outputs simplified
characters, Pinyin with tonal marks and produce Mandarin sound
with occasional tone errors.