SIDNEY LAU'S SYSTEM OF CANTONESE PRONUNCIATION

This uses a numbered system to indicate tones and directions.

 

1 = high falling

2 = mid-rising

3 = mid-level

 

4 = low falling

5 = low rising

6 = low level

Chan Kong Sang would then be written and pronounced: Chan4 Kong1 Sang1. (Chan4 is low falling tone, Kong1 and Sang1 are high.

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Here is an exception. When two words having high falling tones follow each other, the first tone changes to a high level tone, so to be precise Kong1 would actually be printed as Kong10 with the "1" and"0" as superscripts. I haven't found a good way to do superscripts in html.

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