I am (doing)...

我聽緊。(ngo5 teng1 gan2)    I am listening.

我睇緊。(ngo5 tai2 gan2)    I am looking/watching

我訓緊。(ngo5 fan3 gan2)    I am sleeping.

我來緊。(ngo5 lai4 gan2)    I am coming.

我做緊。(ngo5 zou6 gan2)    I am doing (something).

Basic Greeting

你好 (nei5 hou2)!  Hello!

你好嗎 (nei5 hou2 maa3)?  How are you?

你叫咩名 (nei5 giu3 me1 mang2)?  What is your name?

我叫Jade (ngo5 giu3 Jade)。  My name is Jade.

早晨 (zou2 san4)!  Good morning!

早抖 (zou2 tau2)!  Good night!

多謝 (do1 ze6)。  Thank you.

唔使客氣 (ng4 sai2 haak3 hei3)。  You are welcome.

Ordering in a Restaurant

兩位唔該 (loeng5 wai2 ng4 goi1)。  Two people please.

我準備好點嘢食啦 (ngo5 zeon2 bei6 hou2 dim2 je5 sik6 laa6)。  I am ready to order food.

我想要一個...  (ngo5 soeng2 jiu3 jat1 go3)   I would like a...

我想要呢個 (ngo5 soeng2 jiu3 lei1 go3)。  I would like this.

就咁多 (zau6 gam3 do1)。  That's all.

唔該埋單 (ng4 goi1 maai4 daan1)。  Bill please.

好味 (hou2 mei6)!  Delicious!

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  • Day 93: Happy Mid-autumn Festival October 5, 2017
    中秋節 (zung1-cau1-zit3) Mid-autumn Festival 中秋節快樂! (zung1-cau1-zit3 faai3-lok6) Happy Mid-autumn Festival! 月餅 (jyut6-beng2) mooncake 蓮蓉月餅 (lin4-jung4 jyut6-beng2) lotus seed paste mooncake 八月十五 (baat3-jyut6-sap6-ng5) 15th day of the 8th month 中秋節係農曆八月十五。 (zung1-cau1-zit3 hai6 nung4-lik6 baat3-jyu6-sap6-ng5) Mid-autumn festival is the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. Please like our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/inspirlang/ Inspirlang.com
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  • Day 92: Ranting in Cantonese September 8, 2017
    煩 (faan4) to annoy; annoyed; annoying 我好煩。 (ngo5 hou2 faan4) I am very annoyed. 壓力 (aat3-lik6) stress 我有好大壓力。 (ngo5 jau5 hou2-daai6 aat3-lik6) I am very stressed out. 我翻工有好大壓力。 (ngo5 faan1-gung1 jau5 hou2-daai6 aat3-lik6) My job is very stressful. 我翻工有好多嘢做。 (ngo5 faan1-gung1 jau5 hou2-do1 je5 zou6) I have a lot of things to do at work. […]
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  • Day 91: Six Tones in Cantonese September 4, 2017
    aa1 aa2 aa3 aa4 aa5 aa6 maa1 maa2 maa3 maa4 maa5 maa6 bei1 bei2 bei3 bei4 bei5 bei6 to1 to2 to3 to4 to5 to6 dou1 dou2 dou3 dou4 dou5 dou6 cing1 cing2 cing3 cing4 cing5 cing6
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  • Day 90: Ask out your crush in Cantonese September 3, 2017
    我鐘意你。 (ngo5 zung1-ji3 nei5) I like you. 我好鐘意你。 (ngo5 hou2 zung1-ji3 nei5) I really like you. 女朋友 girlfriend (neoi5-pang4-jau5) 男朋友 boyfriend (naam4-pang4-jau5) 你可唔可以做我女朋友? (nei5 ho2-m4-ho2-ji5 zou6 ngo5 neoi5-pang4-jau5?) Will you be my girlfriend? 我鐘意你… (ngo5 zung1-ji5 nei5…) I like that you are… 我鐘意你好搞笑。 (ngo5 zung1-ji3 nei5 hou2 gaau2-siu3) I like that you are very funny. […]
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  • Day 89: Getting around in the airport August 22, 2017
    你係唔係去…噶? (nei5 hai6-m4-hai6 heoi3…gaa3) Are you going to…? 你哋係唔係去廣州噶? (nei5-dei6 hai6-m4-hai6 heoi3 gwong2-zau1 gaa3) Are you going to Guangzhou? 排队 (paai4-deoi2) to wait in line 排緊隊 (paai4-gan2-deoi2) waiting in line 你哋係唔係排緊隊去廣州噶? (nei5-dei6 hai6-m4-hai6 paai4-gan2-deoi2 heoi3 gwong2-zau1 gaa3) Are you waiting in line to go to Guangzhou? 車飛 (ce1 fei1) train/bus ticket 機票 (gei1 piu3) flight […]
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  • Day 88: Doing grocery shopping in Cantonese August 14, 2017
    餸 (sung3) dish; cooked food 買餸 (maai5 sung3) doing grocery shopping 一陣 (jat1-zan2) later 我一陣去買餸。 (ngo5 jat1-zan2 heoi3 maai5-sung3) I will go do grocery shopping later. 你今日想食咩餸? (nei5 gam1-jat6 soeng2 sik6 me1 sung3) What dish do you want to eat today? 新鮮 (san1-sin1) fresh 今日啲菜好新鮮。 (gam1-jat6 di1 coi3 hou2 san1-sin1) The vegetable today is very […]
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  • Get a free chapter of our Cantonese book! August 2, 2017
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  • Day 87: What’s in a Chinese bakery? August 2, 2017
    餅屋 (beng2-uk1) / 餅鋪 (beng2-pou2) bakery A:餅屋有咩包? (beng2-uk1 jau5 me1 baau1) What buns are there in the bakery? 菠蘿包 (bo1-lo4 baau1) pineapple bun 糯米糍 (no6-mai5-ci4) mochi with coconut powder 腸仔包 (coeng2-zai2 baau1) hot dog bun 粟米包 (suk1-mai2 baau1) corn bun 三文治 (saam1-man4-zi6) sandwich 火腿蛋包 (fo2-teoi2-daan2 baau1) ham and egg bun 方包 (fong1-baau1) sandwich bread 肉鬆包 […]
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  • Day 86: Mailing a package at the post office July 25, 2017
    郵局 (jau4-guk2) post office 包裹 (baau1-gwo2) package 寄 (gei3) to mail A:唔該,我想寄呢個包裹。 (m4-goi1, ngo5 soeng2 gei3 nei1-go3 baau1-gwo2) Excuse me, I would like to mail this package. B:寄去邊度噶? (gei3 heoi3 bin1-dou6 gaa3) Where are you mailing it to? A:寄去羅省。 (gei3 heoi3 lo4-saang2) To L.A. B:裡面有啲咩? (leoi5-min6 jau5 di1 me1) What does it have inside? A:全部都係禮物。 […]
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  • Day 84: "Or" in a statement vs. in a question July 18, 2017
    To stay or to go? 定係 (ding6-hai6) or (in a question) A:喺度食定係帶走? (hai2-dou6 sik6 ding6-hai6 daai3 zau2) To eat in here or to go? B:喺度食。唔該幾錢? (hai2-dou6 sik6. m4-goi1 gei2-cin2) Eating in here. How much is it please? A:$7.5. (cat1-go3-bun3) 或者 (waak6-ze2) or (in a statement) A:你想食咩? (nei5 soeng2 sik6 me1) What would you like to […]
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