English and Cantonese Dictionary

John CHALMERS (1825 - 1899) and Thomas DEALY (1861 - 1924)

John Chalmers’ English and Cantonese Dictionary offers a valuable glimpse into the state of Cantonese that was spoken in Canton and in the colony of Hong Kong during the late nineteenth and the early twentieth century; through the comprehension of, and the presentation made by, Mr. Chalmers and some other foreigners. Anyone who has only heard Chinese spoken in Putonghua/Mandarin, can now hear how different Chinese may sound in Cantonese; and how different its style and expression are from that of Putonghua.
Words were listed in alphabetical order, each of which was accompanied by its corresponding Chinese characters (logograms), and was followed by tonal markings for its Cantonese pronunciation. Additional words and/or expressions in Cantonese that derived from the word were also found in many of the entries. A handy introduction to the rules for pronouncing Cantonese and those for their tonal markings could also be found.
Please refer to the appended booklet for further remarks by the reader and a full index of this recording. (summary by the reader)

Additional Proof Listening by YuqingJune

Genre(s): Reference

Language: Cantonese Chinese

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface to the 7th Edition, Notes to the 4th & 5th Editions, Rules for Pronouncing the Chinese, Directions for Using the Dictionary DavidReader
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Play 01 A - Ambitious DavidReader
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Play 02 Ambush - Back DavidReader
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Play 03 Back-bite - Blade DavidReader
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Play 04 Bladed Knife, three - Butler DavidReader
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Play 05 Butt - Chasm DavidReader
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Play 06 Chaste - Complete DavidReader
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Play 07 Competent - Courtesy DavidReader
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Play 08 Cousin - Deep DavidReader
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Play 09 Deer - Discretionary DavidReader
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Play 10 Discriminate - Dyspepsia DavidReader
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Play 11 Dysury - Err DavidReader
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Play 12 Error - Feces DavidReader
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Play 13 Fee - Foundation DavidReader
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Play 14 Foundling - Glauber-salts DavidReader
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Play 15 Glazed - Hale DavidReader
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Play 16 Half - Hound DavidReader
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Play 17 Hour - Independent DavidReader
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Play 18 Index - Intestines DavidReader
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Play 19 Intimate - Knell DavidReader
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Play 20 Knife - Lift DavidReader
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Play 21 Light - Mahogany DavidReader
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Play 22 Mahommedanism - Merciful DavidReader
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Play 23 Merciless - Mountain DavidReader
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Play 24 Mourn - Night-dress DavidReader
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Play 25 Nimble - Office DavidReader
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Play 26 Officer - Over-night DavidReader
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Play 27 Overpass - Part DavidReader
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Play 28 Partake - Pelvis DavidReader
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Play 29 Pen,Pencil - Philosopher DavidReader
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Play 30 Phlegm - Plain DavidReader
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Play 31 Plaintiff - Polyhedron DavidReader
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Play 32 Polypod - Pox DavidReader
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Play 33 Practicable - Pretty DavidReader
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Play 34 Prevail - Prolapse DavidReader
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Play 35 Prolegomena - Pulverize DavidReader
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Play 36 Pumice - Quinquennial DavidReader
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Play 37 Quinsy - Rations DavidReader
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Play 38 Rattan - Red-hot DavidReader
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Play 39 Redeem - Remain DavidReader
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Play 40 Remainder - Respect DavidReader
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Play 41 Respectable - Rhyme DavidReader
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Play 42 Rib - Roast DavidReader
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Play 43 Rob - Run DavidReader
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Play 44 Runner - Sample DavidReader
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Play 45 Sanctify - Scissors DavidReader
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Play 46 Scoff - Secretary DavidReader
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Play 47 Secretion - Serious DavidReader
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Play 48 Sermon - Sharp DavidReader
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Play 49 Sharpen - Shot DavidReader
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Play 50 Should - Silk DavidReader
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Play 51 Silk-worm - Sky DavidReader
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Play 52 Sky-blue - Slough DavidReader
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Play 53 Slovenly - Snub-nosed DavidReader
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Play 54 Snuff - Son DavidReader
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Play 55 Son-in-law - Special DavidReader
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Play 56 Specially - Spoil DavidReader
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Play 57 Spoil,to - Stabling DavidReader
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Play 58 Stack - Statement DavidReader
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Play 59 State-paper - Sting DavidReader
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Play 60 Stingily - Straightway DavidReader
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Play 61 Strain - Strive DavidReader
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Play 62 Stroke - Submissive DavidReader
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Play 63 Submissively - Sulphate DavidReader
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Play 64 Sulphur - Suppose DavidReader
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Play 65 Supposing - Swarthiness DavidReader
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Play 66 Swath - Synagogue DavidReader
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Play 67 Synchronize - Talisman DavidReader
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Play 68 Talk - Tea-tray DavidReader
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Play 69 Teach - Ten DavidReader
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Play 70 Tenable - Thank DavidReader
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Play 71 Thankful - Third DavidReader
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Play 72 Thirst - Throw DavidReader
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Play 73 Throwster - Tightly DavidReader
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Play 74 Tile - To DavidReader
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Play 75 Toad - Tooth-ache DavidReader
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Play 76 Tooth-brush - Train DavidReader
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Play 77 (to)Train - Tread DavidReader
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Play 78 Treason - Trill DavidReader
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Play 79 Trigger - Trustee DavidReader
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Play 80 Trustful - Twelve DavidReader
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Play 81 Twentieth - Unassisted DavidReader
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Play 82 Unassuaged - Undercurrent DavidReader
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Play 83 Underdo - Unison DavidReader
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Play 84 Unit - Unreserved DavidReader
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Play 85 Unreservedly - Unwell DavidReader
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Play 86 Unwholesome - Use DavidReader
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Play 87 Useful - Vapouring DavidReader
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Play 88 Vaporize - Vernacular DavidReader
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Play 89 Vernal - Vileness DavidReader
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Play 90 Vilify - Vituperate DavidReader
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Play 91 Vituperative - Wake DavidReader
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Play 92 Wakeful - Warp DavidReader
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Play 93 Warped - Wax DavidReader
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Play 94 Wax-candle - Weigh DavidReader
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Play 95 Weighing-machine - Whereas DavidReader
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Play 96 Whereat - Wholly DavidReader
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Play 97 Whore - Wily DavidReader
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Play 98 Win - With DavidReader
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Play 99 Withal - Wood DavidReader
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Play 100 Woodbine - Worry DavidReader
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Play 101 Worse - Wrongfully DavidReader
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Play 102 Wrongly - You DavidReader
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Play 103 Young - Zymotic DavidReader
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