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Lesson 3: Please tell me what you are doing

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Lesson Three: Please tell me, what you are doing.

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Today we are going to focus on some useful verbs.
Let’s get actions!


First, the sentence pattern of this lesson:

请问( ) …
cing2man6 …
Please tell me so and so..

So for “Please tell me what you are going.” in Cantonese, we’d say
请问 响度 乜嘢。
cing2man6 nei5 hoeng2dou6 zou6 me1je5
nei5 = you/your
hoeng2dou6 = be here(doing something)
zou6 = do/did/doing; make
e.g. zou6 ngoi3 (做爱) = make love.
zou6 dei6caang2 (做地产)= do real estate (be a realtor)
zou6 si6jau4gai1 (豉油鸡) = make/making soy sauce chicken
zou6 saang1ji3 (做生意)= do business
zou6 gai1/ngaap3-2 做鸡/做鸭 = be a female/male prostitute

me1je5 = what (also can be prounced as mat1je5)
Note: The “j” in JyutPing is like “y” in English word “yes”.

Now repeat after me:
响度 豉油鸡。
ngo2 hoeng2dou6 zou6 si6jau4gai1
响度 听音乐
ngo2 hoeng2dou6 teng1jam1ngo6 = listen/listening to music
haang4gaai1 行街 = walk/walking (around) the street i.e. shopping
Note that after the verbs (zou6, haang4), we can always put gan2(紧)to emphasize the present tense “doing”.
For example.
ngo2 hoeng2dou6 cung1gan2loeng4 (冲紧凉) = I’m taking a bath.
Here cung1loeng4 means “take a bath”.
cung1 = pour water over
loeng4 = cool, cold
In Canton or Hong Kong, when people take a bath, they really want to get cool by pouring water over themselves.

Actually, we have been learning the 2nd important sentence pattern:
ngo2/nei5 hoeng2dou6…
I am / you are (doing sth.)
We can also use “hai2dou6喺度” instead of hoeng2dou6 interchageably.
The verb hai2 is a special word for Cantonese, is the same as the word “” in Mandarin. Unlike Mandarin, when we say “am/is/are doing”, we need say hai2dou6, not just hai2 in Cantonese.

Please replay this lesson until you get fimiliar with all the new stuff here.
Until next time. Zoi3 gin3.
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