Lesson 3: Please tell me what you are doing
Here’s our podcast Cantonese lesson three .
Thur. or Friday is the time for our weekly update for a new lesson.
I’d like to give thanks to all the good feedback to encourage us to do more and better.
We haven’t got any “bad” feedback yet, but any feedback is welcome. Your suggestion for improvement is very important to us. Please subscribe to us with the best blog reader
Without forward ado, here’s our weekly lesson:
Lesson Three: Please tell me, what you are doing.
Hi, everyone, did you miss us? I’ve been missing you! Seriously!
Welcome to CantonesePod.com.
Today we are going to focus on some useful verbs.
Let’s get actions!
First, the sentence pattern of this lesson:
So for “Please tell me what you are going.” in Cantonese, we’d say
请问 你 响度 做 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:
我 响度 做 豉油鸡。
ngo2 hoeng2dou6 zou6 si6jau4gai1
我 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”.
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:
I am / you are (doing sth.)
We can also use “hai2dou6喺度” instead of hoeng2dou6 interchageably.
The verb hai2喺 is a special word for Cantonese, is the same as the word “在” 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.
Remember, subscribing to our blog and send us feedback and what you want to learn would encourage us to do better lessons for you. Tell your friend about CantonesePod.com, even though we are still in beta.
We are still looking for funding for better recording equipment for our programs. Let us know if you want to contribute.
Top Posts & Pages
- Cantonese Dictionaries
- Learn Cantonese Online at CantonesePod
- How to say: I miss you in Cantonese
- How to say "I love you" in Cantonese?
- How to say “you are pretty” in Cantonese
- Great Books to Learn Cantonese!
- How to say "you are (so) handsome" in Cantonese?
- Cantonese Learning Blog
- How to say “sorry” in Cantonese(1)
- How to say:My Cantonese Is Not Good in Cantonese
- Beautiful in Cantonese
- How to Say Please in Cantonese
- Happy Father’s Day in Cantonese
- Happy Father’s Day
- Cantonese For Missionaries: Lesson One
- Colloquial Cantonese(3)
- Colloquial Cantonese (2)
- Colloquial Cantonese(1)
- Diffference between Mandarin & Cantonese
- How For Permission to Marry His Daughter in Cantonese