Basic Conversations

18 11 2008

Basic Conversations 1-16

1 Q: Is it ?    
    hai6 m4 hai6  aa3
2 A: Yes.        
3 A: No.        
    m4  hai6    
4 Q: Is it correct ?        
    aam1 m4 aam1  aa3
5 A: It is correct.        
6 A: It is incorrect.        
    m4 aam1    
7 OK      
    hou2 aa3    
8 No problem        
    mou5  man6 tai4  
9 Excuse me         
    m4 goi1 ze3 ze3
10 Please        
    m4  goi1    
11 Thank you     (for a gift)
    do1 ze6    
12       (for a service)
    m4 goi1    
13 You are welcome   使   
    m4  sai2 haak3 hei3
14     使     
    m4 sai2 m4 goi1
15 Sorry      
    deoi3 m4 zyu6  
    m4 hou2 ji3 si3

Attention! There are two different words which mean “thank you” in Cantonese and they are used in totally different situations. 多謝do1ze6 is used when someone offers you a gift while 唔該m4goi1 is used when someone offers you a service or help. If you are not sure which one to use in particular circumstances, simply say “thank you” since it is also common in Cantonese conversation.

Basic Conversations 17-31


Congratulations! gung1 hei2    
Happy Birthday! saang1 jat6 faai3 lok6
Merry Christmas! sing3 daan3 faai3 lok6
Happy New Year! san1 nin4 faai3 lok6

Greetings and Introduction

18 11 2008

Hong Kong people code-mix a lot. By the term “code-mixing”, it means people use more than one language within one sentence during their conversation. People often replace Cantonese words or phrases by the corresponding English ones when they talk. So, don’t be surprised if you hear people speaking English when they greet!


In fact, we seldom say “hello” or “hi” in Cantonese, we simply use the English correspondent to express the same meaning. 


You need to take a look at the Cantonese number system if you want to say how old you areXD

Numbers in Cantonese

17 11 2008

Here are the counting of Cantonese numbers from 0 to 100. We would not include too many since it is difficult to learn them at once. Therefore, bit by bit, try to figure out how the Cantonese numbers are constituted.

0 ling4            
1 jat1            
2 ji6            
3 saam1            
4 sei3            
5 ng5/m5            
Nowadays, the strong nasal sound “ng” are widely displaced by “m”.
6 luk6            
7 cat1            
8 baat3            
9 gau2            
10 sap6            
From 11-19, simply add 1-9 after 十sap6, the principle is the same for 20, 30, 40 etc.
11 十一 sap6jat1            
12 十二 sap6ji6            
13 十三 sap6saam1            
14 十四 sap6sei3            
15 十五 sap6m5            
16 十六 sap6luk6            
17 十七 sap6cat1            
18 十八 sap6baat3            
19 十九 sap6gau2            
20 二十 ji6sap6            
By 二十ji6sap6, it means ‘two ten’. Therefore, 30 will be spoken as ‘three ten’ and so forth.
30 三十 saam1sap6            
40 四十 sei3sap6            
50 五十 m5sap6            
60 六十 luk6sap6            
70 七十 cat1sap6            
80 八十 baat3sap6            
90 九十 gau2sap6            
100 一百 jat1baak3            

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