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Lesson 4: Where are you from?

Lesson 4 Where Are You From?


English: Where are you from?
Cantonese: nei5 hai2 bin1dou6 lai4
边度
nei5: you
hai2 (Cant.) to be located at; here means from
bin1dou6: where
lai4: come

English: I'm from the US.
Cantonese: ngo5 hai2 mei5gwok3 lai4
我喺美国来。

English: I'm American Chinese.
Cantonese:ngo5 hai6 mei5zik6 waa4jan4
我系美籍华人。

English: Born in Hong Kong, grew up in the US.
Cantonese: hai2 hoeng1gong2 ceot1sai3 hai2 mei5gwok3 zoeng2daai6
喺香港出世,喺美国长大。

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
我系美国人。

Extra in the 2nd mp3 file:
1Please tell me where you are from.
请问你喺边度来。
2I am from the US.
我喺美国来。
3I'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.)
13)I'm Cantonese.我系广东人。
14)I'm from Brazil.我系巴西人。

Not: in the mp3:
Holland is a very beautiful country.
Formal Cantonese:荷兰是一个非常美丽的国家。

How to say:days of the week in Cantonese?

It should be easier to remember the names for the days of the week in Cantonese if you've already know how to count from 1 to 7:


sing1kei4yat1
星期一 星期二 星期三 星期四 星期五 星期六 星期日
sing1 = star/planet
kei4 = period
jat1 = one

Another way to say the days of the week is

礼拜一 礼拜二 礼拜三 礼拜四 礼拜五 礼拜六 礼拜(日)
lai5bai3 (礼拜 ) means worship so we just use lai5bai3 for Sunday.
And Monday is the first day after Sunday (lai5bai3)

How to say: will you marry me in Cantonese (1)

How can a man say "will you marry me?" in Cantonese

nei5 jyun6ji3 gaa3 bei2 ngo5 maa3
你愿意嫁畀我吗?
nei5 = you
jyun6ji3 = be willing to
gaa3 bei2 = marry to (a man)
ngo5 = me/I/my

So "ngo5 jyun6ji3 gaa3 bei2 nei5"
= (the girl said:) I am willing to marry you.

Some still asked me how to say "how are you?" in Cantonese:
Now that you know how to pronounce "nei5" "hou2" "maa3", you already know how to say it
"nei5 hou2 maa3 你好吗?" = How are you?

How to say "will you marry me" by a girl to man? Let's learn it next time.

How to say: I miss you in Cantonese

So how to say I miss you in Cantonese?

Here we go:


ngo5 hou2 gwaa3zyu6 nei5
挂住 = I miss you very much
hou2 = very, good. Used here for stree.
gwaa3zyu6 = miss (someone)

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How to say:My Cantonese Is Not Good in Cantonese

ngo5 ge3 gwong2 dung1 waa2 m4 hou2
我嘅广东话唔好。 = My Cantonese is not good.
(我嘅廣東話唔好。)

ngo5 = my
ge3 = of; someone's
ngo5 ge3 = my/mine
nei5ge3 = your/yours
gwong2dung1waa2 = Cantonese; the dialect of Guangdong province.
m4 = not
hou2 = good

我嘅广东话唔系好好。 = My Cantonese is not very good.
(Note: that in the above link there is a mistake for the word 广, which should be pronounced gwong2 instead of jim)
m4 hai6 = is not (be not)
hou2 hou2 = very good ( the first hou2 is an adverb, meaning very. The 2nd means good.)

Have a nice weekend.

Lesson 3: Please tell me what you are doing

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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:

请问( ) ...
cing2man6 ...
Please tell me so and so.. Continue reading "Lesson 3: Please tell me what you are doing"

Ho Kwok Wing – Speaking Cantonese – 河國榮


Scripts:
我系河国荣. 我系一个澳洲鬼佬.
ngo5 hai6 ho4 gwok3 wing3. ngo5 hai6 jat1 go3 ou3 zau1 gwai2 lou2.
ngo5 = I/me; hai6 = am/is/are/to be; ho4 = riversurname here)
gwok3 = country; wing3 = glory; jat1 go3 = one (person);
ou3 zau1 = Australia;
gwai2 lou2 = a humorous way to call "foreigner(s)", it does not really mean literately "ghost men". Even those pretty Cantonese ladies who married "gwai2 lou2", they say "ngo5 lou2 gung1 hai6 gwai2 lou2 我老公系鬼佬 (my husband is a (white)foreigner. ) And their husbands willingly call themselves "ngo5 hai6 gwai2 lou2 我系鬼佬". That's why Ho Kwo Wing called himself "gwai2 ou2" here.

gwai2 can also be used as an adverb: e.g. gwai2 gam2 lek1(鬼咁叻) means very very smart.
So gwai2 also means genius/spirit (精灵), not "devil" or "ghost"
He said I'm a foreigner from Australia.

In our Cantonese dictionary, "gwai2 lou2" is a good word while "Chinaman" is a bad word.

Yes, Kwo Wing, we all love you, (gwai2 lou2)!

How to say “you are (so) handsome” in Cantonese?

In Cantonese, how do you say "you are (so) handsome"?



nei5 hou2 leng3 zai2 = you are so handsome
leng3 actually means "good-looking"
zai2 = boy

How to say “you are pretty” in Cantonese

How do you say "you are pretty"?


nei5 leng3

but we usually say it with the "hou3 (very)":

nei5 hou3 leng3
= you are (so) pretty.
you very pretty

How do you say "you are (so) handsome"? Check for our next article.

Two Minute Cantonese Lesson Two: Food(2)

Hi, everyone,

Here's the mp3 for Lesson Two. We continue to talk about food since it is important and useful.

 

pdf files will be available soon. We are looking for some volunteers for scripting work.

Thank you very much.

Have a great weekend!
Click this for the simple script:
Continue reading "Two Minute Cantonese Lesson Two: Food(2)"