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!

RSS Cantonese Daily on Podcast

  • Day 112: Picking up your kindergartener from Cantonese school April 24, 2018
    View transcription at http://inspirlang.com/cantopod/
  • Day 111: Finding what you want in a Cantonese supermarket April 20, 2018
    View transcription at http://inspirlang.com/cantopod/
  • Day 110: Talking to your airbnb host in Hong Kong April 19, 2018
    View transcription at http://inspirlang.com/cantopod/
  • Day 109: How to comfort someone in Cantonese April 17, 2018
    (soeng1-sam1) 傷心 sad (m4-hou2 gam3 soeng1-sam1 laa1) 唔好咁傷心啦。 Don’t be so sad. (jau5-si4 di1 je5 hou2 naan4 gong2) 有時啲嘢好難講。 Sometimes it’s just hard to say. (mou5-si6 ge3, syun4-dou3-kiu4-tau4 zi6-jin4-zik6) 冇事嘅,船到桥头自然直. It is all good, everything will be all right. Lit. when the boat gets to the pier-head it will go straight with the current (sau4) […]
  • Day 108: What are the ingredients in my food? April 16, 2018
    (leoi5-min6) 裡面 inside (ni1-go3 leoi5-min6 jau5 me1?) 呢個裡面有咩? What is in this? (won4-tan1 leoi5-min6 jau5 me1?) 餛飩裡面有咩? What is in a wonton? (won4-tan1 leoi5-min6 jau5 me1?) 餛飩裡面有啲咩? What are there in a wonton? (wan4-tan1 leoi5-min6 jau5-mou5 zyu1-juk6) 餛飩裡面有冇豬肉? Is there pork in wonton? (jau5-mou5 wan4-tan1 hai6 mou5 zyu1-juk6 gaa3?) 有冇餛飩係冇豬肉噶? Is there any wonton with […]
  • Day 107: “Unable to…” in Cantonese April 14, 2018
    (tai2) 睇 to see (tai2-m4-dou2) 睇唔到 can’t see (ngo5 tai2-m4-dou2 lok6-jyu5 wo6) 我睇唔到落雨喎。 I can’t see that it’s raining. (teng1) 聽 to listen; to hear (ni1-dou6 hou2 cou4, ngo5 teng1-m4-dou2 nei5 gong2 me1 aa6) 呢度好嘈,我聽唔到你講咩呀。 It’s so noisy here, I can’t hear what you are saying. (se2) 寫 to write (se2-m4-dou2) 寫唔到 not able to […]
  • Day 106: What do you do in your office? April 13, 2018
    (baan6-gung1-sat1) 辦公室 office (nei5 ping4-si4 hai2 baan6-gung1-sat1 hai6 zou6 me1 gaa3?) 你平時喺辦公室係做咩噶? What do you do usually in your office? (hang4-zing3) 行政 administrative (ngo5 hai6 zou6 hang4-zing3 ge3) 我係做行政嘅。 I do administrative work in my company. (jing2-jan3) 影印/ (fuk1-jan3) 複印 to make copies (seng4-jat6) 成日 always; all the time (ngo5 seng4-jat6 jiu3 jing2-jan3) 我成日要影印。 I […]
  • Day 105: Following the instructions on your prescription label April 12, 2018
    (joek6) 藥 medicine; drug (sik6-joek6) 食藥 to take pills or medicine (mui5-jat6) 每日 every day (mui5-jat6 loeng5-ci3) 每日兩次。 Take it twice a day. (mui5-jat6 n ci3)每日n次。 Take it n time(s) a day. (mui5-ci3 jat1-lap1)每次一粒。 Take one tablet at a time. (mui5-ci3 n lap1)每次n粒。 Take n tablet(s) a day. (mui5-ci3 sap6 hou4-sing1) 每次10毫升。 Take 10 ml […]
  • Day 104: I would like to apply for a loan April 11, 2018
    (taai3-fun2) 貸款 mortgage; loan (ngo5 soeng2 san1-cing2 jat1-bat1 taai3-fun2) 我想申請貸款。 I would like to apply for a loan. (jat1-bat1 cin2) 一筆錢 a sum of money (jat1-bat1 taai3-fun2) 一筆貸款 a sum of mortgage (ngo5 soeng2 san1-cing2 jat1-bat1 hok6-saang1 taai3-fun2) 我想申請一筆學生貸款。 I would like to apply for a student loan. (daam1-bou2-jan4) 擔保人 warrantor (ngo5 baa4-baa1 hai6 ngo5-ge3 […]
  • Day 103: I would like to switch channel April 11, 2018
    (toi4) 臺 channel (fei2-ceoi3 toi4) 翡翠臺 Channel TVB (ming4-zyu1 toi4) 明珠臺 Channel TVB Pearl (sap6-saam1 toi4) 13臺 Channel 13 (ngo5 soeng2 tai2 ming4-zyu1-toi4) 我想睇明珠臺。 I want to watch Channel TVB Pearl. (zyun3-toi4) 轉臺 to switch channel (lou5-dau6, ngo5 soeng2 zyun3-toi4) 老豆,我想轉臺。 Dad, I want to switch channel. (hou2-tai2) 好睇 fun to watch; entertaining (ni1-go3 toi4 […]