There has been a significant increase in the number of Chinese books sold by online bookstores with pinyin to help people who are learning Mandarin Chinese, but there are not as many similar books for people who are learning Cantonese Chinese.  Today, I’m excited to introduce a book with Cantonese romanization that you can use to teach your kids Cantonese.



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When I was first contacted to do a book review for Karen, I was surprised and couldn’t believe my eyes that it was a book in my native language. All the photos in the book are so “Asian” that I couldn’t believe Karen isn’t living in Hong Kong or anywhere close to Asia.

Inside the book, I found a note from her explaining that she wrote this book for her husband and son who are learning Cantonese. Doesn’t this sound like you? She told me that when she noticed there were almost no resources for Chinese characters or Chinese books for her family, she decided to create one that her family and others would enjoy.



About the Author

Karen Yee is a native Cantonese and English speaker who grew up in the United States. A graduate of Stanford University and The Wharton School, she is passionate about language and multilingual parenting. She was a National Spelling Bee finalist, taught English in Japan and currently leads a language specialist team at Google. Upon becoming a parent, she was determined to raise her son bilingually. However, she soon discovered there are very limited materials for learning colloquial Cantonese. Most “Cantonese” books focus on formal Chinese and aren’t appropriate for learning conversation, and very few include the Cantonese pronunciation for Chinese characters. She created the “Chinese-English Book for Kids” series based on what worked for her own family.

Karen loves hearing about bilingual parenting and sharing Cantonese culture and language, and can be reached at

*The biography is from her Amazon store HERE


Summary of this Book

This is a bilingual book with Chinese characters, Jyutping (Cantonese romanization), phonetic pronunciation, and English translation of every word that introduces written Spoken Cantonese to preschoolers. Each word goes with a photo from a sequence of a preschoolers’ daily life. There is also a special section on introducing traditional Cantonese cuisine, dim sum.

Each section of the book starts with a very simple phrase, so little kids can learn to use the vocabulary to form simple daily sentences.



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Why I Love this Book?

It is a small, light-weight, colorful bilingual book. Toddlers and preschoolers love to read and look at all the pictures.

It is very rare to have Cantonese romanization with Chinese characters and English translation. For parents who are not native Cantonese speakers, or not fluent in Cantonese, this is the perfect book for introducing Cantonese to their kids.

I also love the sequence and order of the book. It simply talks about the day of a toddler/preschooler from waking up in the morning, choosing what clothes to wear, doing different daily activities, eating, playing with toys, and going to bed at night. The little bonus section introducing dim sum is just icing on the cake.


What is Jyutping粵拼?

There are many Cantonese romanization systems to help others to learn Cantonese, but the Yale, Sidney, Lau, IPA, and Jyutping are the most common.

The Linguistic Society of Hong Kong promotes Jyutping as the standard romanization system. Click HERE to learn more about Jyutping.


How Can I use it to Teach my Kids Cantonese?

  • Use it like a picture book at home with your toddlers
  • Make your own labels using the Jyutping from this book and put them all over your house
  • Make your own flashcards using words from the book
  • Practice speaking and using the words from the book every day





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