Today we are going to learn how to use “hou5″ which means “very much” in Cantonese.
I know. Some already learned to use “hou5″ as “very”. e.g. hou5 leng3 好靚 very pretty.
We can also use “hou5″ to mean “very much” together with “love” or “hate”
Today, we begin a new short series so that we hope that we can have update more than twice a week.
Every time, we just learn 5 short sentences.
Learn Basic Cantonese:(1)
Some asked us to put Jyutping and definitions for these sentences for further learning.
Please click HERE to study more and come back here to replay the mp3 lesson.
Hello everyone, 大家好！
Here’s our Cantonese podcast Lesson ten at CantonesePod.com.
Did you try our “how to say” in Cantonese series? Let review two of the series:
This is our sentence pattern for today:
pronoun/noun + adjective
We call this a sentence with an adjectival predicate. Very useful and we use it a lot in Chinese including Mandarin.
Lesson 9: What do you do? ( I’m a doctor. You are …) How to say that in Cantonese?
Hi, 大家好！Welcome to another Cantonese mp3 lesson at CantonesePod.com.
We’ll come back to basics this time.
Simple sentence pattern:
pronoun + 系(hai6 = to be) + noun
The pronoun can be I, we, you, they, she, he, but the verb to be(hai6) does not change form.
我系医生。(I’m a doctor.)
我哋系医生。(we are doctors.)
佢哋系政客。(They are politicians.)
佢系政客。(He/She is a politician.)
For some explanation and pronunciation in Jyupting or Yale, click HERE.
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For more lessons and other “How-to” in Cantonese, visit http://CantonesePod.com
Today, we are going to learn how to say what you plan to do (are going to do).
今日句型 gam1yat3 geoi3jing3
Today’s sentence pattern:
I’m going to + verbs ( In English it really means “I plan to do something.” or “I will do something.”)
so the Cantonese for that is:
a future time phrase + 我（会）+ verb
我 ngo5 = I/me/my
打算 daa2syun3 = plan to
会 wui2 = will/able to （do something).
Please note that “Chinese verbs do not conjugate like the verbs of most Indo-European languages such as English or Spanish. In English, for example, the verb ‘to eat’ has many forms compared to its Chinese equivalent: ‘to eat’ (infinitive), ‘eat, eats’ (present), ‘ate’, (simple past), ‘eaten’ (past participle), ‘eating’ (present participle), etc. Chinese only has one basic form, used for every person and tense”( wikipedia )
1) ngo5 daa2syun3 soeng5mong5 wan2 jat1 bou6 hou2ge3 daa2jan3gei1
I am going/plan to find/look for a good printer online.
打印机(機) daa2jan3gei1 = printer
多功能打印機 do1gung1nang4 daa2jan3gei1
多功能 do1gung1nang4 = multi function (similar to 3 or 4 in one or “all in one”)
一部 jat1 bou6 = one set/unit
2)gam1maan5 ngo5 wui2 soeng5cyun4 nei5di1 dak1ji3 soeng2 dou3 ngo5 ge3 mong5zaam6.
今晚我会上传你啲得意相到我嘅网站。 I am going to upload your cute photos to my web site.
今晚gam1maan5 = tonight
上传soeng5cyun4 = upload
你啲 nei5di1 = your
得意 dak1ji3 = cute / interesting
相 soeng2 = photos
到 dou3 = to
我嘅 ngo5 ge3 = my
网站 mong5zaam6 = web site
3)ting1jat3 ngo5 wui2 gaau3 ngo5 po4po4 dim2joeng6 faat3 din6jau4
Tomorrow I am going to teach my grandma (on my mother’s side) how to send email.
听日 ting1jat3 = tomorrow ; 教 gaau3 = teach/taught
点样 dim2joeng6 = how
发 faat3=send 电邮 din6jau4 = email
琴晚 kam4jat3 = last night
kam4jat3(琴晚) ngo5 gaau3 ngo5 po4po4 dim2joeng6 faat3 din6jau4
Last night, I taught my grandma how to send email.
(Specials thanks to Leslie Frank )
You may learn more by spending more time at XueZhongwen.net
Hi, 大家好！我系保罗！（I’m Paul) Welcome to CantonesePod.com!
Today’s sentence pattern:
I have …
I don’t have …
mou2 冇: (Cantonese Chinese character) do not have/have none/there is none.
I have a lot of money, but, I don’t have time.
I have a lot of things to do, but I have quite little time.
He has a very pretty wife and his wife knows cooking very well.(is a good cook)
Lesson 6 How do you say this in Cantonese?
Welcome to CantonesePod.com! 欢迎大家来到粤语播客！
What! What did I say?
glad meet ( glad to meet you = welcome)
big family (= everyone)
Guangdong language (=Cantonese)
播 = broadcast
播客 = podcast ( derives from 博客 for blog and similar sound of podcast )
OK. Today’s sentence pattern:
A:英文 嘅 丑 字 点写啊? ( How do you write the word “ugly/shame” in English?)
A: 英文 嘅 LOVE 点串啊? ( How do you spell “love” in English?)
串 = spell ( literately means string something together )
啊 = question indicator (put at the end of a sentence to change a statement into a question. )
OK, see you next week at CantonesePod.com
Hi, everyone, 大家好。
In our last lesson, we learned how to say where you are from.
In Today’s lesson, we are going to learn to say the places you want to go.
Now sentence patterns:
1)I want to go to (Beijing…)
2)He needs to go to (Hong Kong…)
3)My wife has been to San Francisco and Los Angeles
Cities and places:
Guangzhou(Canton),Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Taipei, Taiwan, Las Vegas, New York, Saigon, Sydney,
Try to use what you have learned:
I want to go to Hong Kong.
I’ve been to Guangzhou.
Let me know what other places you want to say.
For those expecting Lesson Five, sorry that we have to delay till next week due to our beta issue and changes on our sites (we are trying to make it a better learning environment to help you.) Yes, we need more contributors, so if you are interested in helping, please let us know.
Let’s just relax and have fun this week and forget about this week lesson:
Did you know a new Cantonese Chat Room is launched at
and maybe you can find some Cantonese learning buddy there.
Have a nice weekend!
Lesson 4 Where Are You From?
English: I’m from the US.
Cantonese: ngo5 hai2 mei5gwok3 lai4
English: I’m American Chinese.
Cantonese:ngo5 hai6 mei5zik6 waa4jan4
English: Born in Hong Kong, grew up in the US.
Cantonese: hai2 hoeng1gong2 ceot1sai3 hai2 mei5gwok3 zoeng2daai6
hoeng1gong2 香港：Hong Kong
mei5gwok3 美国: beautiful country = America
Please note that in the recording, “lazy” sound “gok” is used instead of “gwok” as in our daily life. We did this on purpose as you should also understand it when you hear it from a native Cantonese speaker.
English: I’m American
Cantonese:ngo5 hai6 mei5gwok3 jan4
Extra in the 2nd mp3 file:
1）Please tell me where you are from.
2）I am from the US.
3）I’m from Canada.我喺加拿大来。
4) I’m from Japan.我喺日本来。
5) I’m from Korea.我喺韩国来。
6) I’m from South Korea.我喺南韩来。
7)I’m from UK (England).我喺英国。
8) I’m from Sweden. 我喺瑞典来。
9)I’m from the Netherlands.我系荷兰人。
10) I’m from Hong Kong.我系香港人。
11) I’m from Macau我系澳门人。
12) I’m from Vietnam。我系越南人 (Note: 1st one jyut6laam4jan4 uses “lazy” sound. 2nd one jyut6naam4jan4 is “correct” or official. We let you hear it because young people are using lazy sound everywhere.)
14)I’m from Brazil.我系巴西人。
Not: in the mp3:
Holland is a very beautiful country.
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