Example poems written with the Cantobet

I walked around Chinatown one day several months ago and asked people to create a poem in Cantonese that I could use for teaching the Cantobet. Two very helpful and generous people aided me in my quest by giving me permission to use their poems, and I have uploaded two scans of their poems written in the Cantobet. The scan with the Chinese writing on top and Cantobet writing underneath was given anonymously by a woman in memory of her son. The second scan is a purely Cantobet poem written by a man who wrote in Chinese, but whose original hand-written note to me is lost. I feel really bad about losing that poem, as it had accompanied me for many months while I worked up the energy to translate it. Still, I have given my best effort at recovering his poem from memory and have uploaded the scan of that version of his poem here.

woman_poem

man_sample

With these two writing samples, you can practise deciphering the Cantobet.