As I covered in another blog post about learning another language with Netflix, there's a way to browse Netflix for movies and TV shows with audio in the language you're learning!
You can use this method without ever leaving the Netflix website as well :)
It's not much of a method, rather just a single link that allows you to browse the selection of Netflix content with audio in any language.
Go to your browser's search bar and type in: www.netflix.com/browse/audio
After typing that in, your Netflix should open up but instead of the normal Netflix home screen, you'll get a page that looks something like this:
After getting to that page, you can toggle the language using a drop-down menu! A sample of languages available include French, German, Croatian, Cantonese, Thai, and Urdu.
This also works for filtering Netflix content by subtitle availability. Simply type this link into your browser instead: www.netflix.com/browse/subtitles
Hope this helped in some way!
If you are learning Chinese, you might be wondering about the three characters that have similar pinyin and might require a little familiarity to understand which of the three characters are being used in a situation.
的 is the particle in Chinese that is used to modify nouns where it is between a noun and a noun. For example, "我的书" means "my book" and the 的 is located after 我 which means "my/I" and is a pronoun but before 书 which means "book," also a noun.
The 的 can also be used as an attributive, between an adjective and a noun. For example, "很好的书" means "the very good book" and the 的 is located after 很好 which means "very good" and is the adjective in this case, but before 书 which means "book," a noun.
地 is the particle in Chinese that is used to modify adjectives that turns them into adverbs. For example, "你们高高兴兴地跳舞" means "you guys are happily dancing" in which "happy" is the adjective being modified into "happily." 地 is located after the modified adjective but before the verb/action.
地 is also pronounced "dì" when it is not being used as a particle, meaning "ground."
得 is the particle in Chinese that is used to modify verbs. It can be used to modify verbs but also as to do comparisons in Chinese. When modifying verbs, 得 goes after the verb but before the adjective. For example, "他做得好" means "he did it well" where "他做" means "he did" and "好" means "well/good."
When doing comparisons, 得 goes after the adjective but before the comparison word/phrase like "多" or "少" meaning "more" or "less."
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Cantonese is a Chinese language, spoken in Southern China primarily in the province of Guangdong and Hong Kong as well as Macau. The language is mostly spoken while reading and writing is based on the Mandarin Chinese characters.
The language, like Mandarin and other Chinese languages, is apart of the Sino-Tibetan language family and is prevalent among Chinese immigrants to the United States and Canada, especially in cities like Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
Cantonese, the name of the language, is based on the city of Canton, now referred to as Guangzhou.
Cantonese is a tonal language, with 6 tones in Jyutping, one of the systems for romanization. It is largely unintelligible to Mandarin speakers and vice versa though younger Cantonese speakers in China, Hong Kong, Macau, and other locales also learn Mandarin in school so many Cantonese speakers also speak Mandarin.
Now onto the actual purpose of this article, how does Cantonese work?
Cantonese, again, is a largely spoken language and writing and reading uses the Mandarin Chinese script.
The language has some direct equivalents with Mandarin characters, just a different pronunciation of them in a way but there are some inventions that don’t make sense in Mandarin and some common Mandarin phrases’ direct equivalents in Cantonese also don’t make any sense.
Take for example:
Cantonese is an extremely complicated language but is extremely rewarding to learn, opening any speaker up to more than 80 million speakers worldwide including China's most populous province, Guangdong.
Now you may have learned both étudiant or élève as well as their uses in French culture but this is an explanation for those who don't know the difference.
As you may know, both words mean student in French but their use in context are separate depending on the subject's grade level in their studies.
Étudiant means a college or a university (l'université) student though it can be broken down further like for doctoral students. However all étudiants are also élèves but that may or may not apply in the reverse.
Élève generally means a student in grades 12 and under (secondary school and under). For example this would apply to students in high school (le lycée) or middle and elementary schools. However there are also specific terms for high school/middle school students such as lycéen for high school students.
The feminine version of étudiant is étudiante. Élève remains the same in both masculine and feminine forms.
Here are two examples, one per word, of use: