Festive greetings in Cantonese
How to say Merry Christmas in Cantonese?

Festive greetings in Cantonese

It is holiday time again!  Do you know how to greet your friends in Cantonese?  In this lesson, festive greetings in Cantonese for festivals being celebrated in Hong Kong will be introduced. How to say Merry Christmas in Cantonese? Merry Christmas in Cantonese is 聖誕快樂 [sing3 daan3 faai3 lok6], which 聖誕 [sing3 daan3] means Christmas…

How to say goodbye in Cantonese?
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How to say goodbye in Cantonese?

Do you know how to say goodbye in Cantonese?  Learn how to say bye in Cantonese formally and informally in this lesson! Say goodbye in Cantonese formally: 再見 [zoi3 gin3] There are two ways to say bye in Cantonese.  The first one is 再見 [zoi3 gin3]. zoi3 gin3。 再見。 Goodbye。 Type of sentence structure Subject-predicate…

How to say gift in Cantonese?

Christmas is coming.  Have you prepared gifts for your friend yet?  In this lesson, you will learn how to say gift in Cantonese. Gift in Cantonese: 禮物 [lai5 mat6] Gift in Cantonese is 禮物 [lai5 mat6]. 禮 [lai5] means 'ritual, ceremony or custom' and 物 [mat6] means 'thing'.  Therefore, the combination of these two words…

How to say break up in Cantonese?

Have you ever wonder how Hong Kongers ask for a break up in Cantonese?  In this lesson, you will learn how to say break up in Cantonese. Break up in Cantonese: 分手 [fan1 sau2] Break up in Cantonese is 分手 [fan1 sau2].  分 [fan1] means 'to separate' and 手 [sau2] means 'hand' in Cantonese; it…

How to say blood in Cantonese?
How to say blood in Cantonese?

How to say blood in Cantonese?

In this lesson, you will learn how to say blood in Cantonese. Blood in Cantonese: 血 [hyut3] Blood in Cantonese is 血 [hyut3]. ngo5 gin3 can1 hyut3 zau6 tau4 wan4。 我見親血就頭暈。 I feel faint whenever I see blood. Composite sentences Type of composite sentence Complex sentences Components Sentence 1 Sentence 2 True value Unknown True…

How to say annoying in Cantonese?

Want to stop someone(probably your mum) from annoying you?  In this lesson, you will learn how to say annoying and to annoy in Cantonese. Annoying in Cantonese: 煩 [faan4] Annoying in Cantonese is 煩 [faan4]. nei5 hou2 faan4 aa3. 你好煩啊。 You are so annoying. Types of sentence structure Subject-predicative Functions in sentence Subject Adverbial Predicate…

How to say boyfriend and girlfriend in Cantonese?
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How to say boyfriend and girlfriend in Cantonese?

Do you know how to say boyfriend and girlfriend in Cantonese?  In this lesson, you will learn how to say boyfriend and girlfriend in Cantonese. Boyfriend in Cantonese: 男朋友 [naam4 pang4 jau5] 男朋友 [naam4 pang4 jau5] means boyfriend in Cantonese.  男 [naam4] means male and 朋友 [pang4 jau5] means friend in Cantonese. nei5 naam4 pang4…

How to say bus in Cantonese?

Have you ever taken a bus in Hong Kong?  Double-decker buses in Hong Kong are really famous, and especially rare in Asia.  In this lesson, you will learn how to say bus in Cantonese. Bus in Cantonese: 巴士 [baa1 si2] Bus in Cantonese is 巴士 [baa1 si2].  It is a loanword from 'Bus' in English.…

How to say bread in Cantonese?

Have you ever visited bakeries in Hong Kong?  Do you know how to say bread in Cantonese?  In this lesson, you will learn how to say bread in Cantonese. Bread in Cantonese: 麵包/ 麪包 [min6 baau1] 麵包 [min6 baau1] means bread in Cantonese.  This word can also be written as 麪包 [min6 baau1], which is…

How to say scary and scared in Cantonese?

Although fear doesn't exist, there is always something we afraid of.  In this lesson, you will learn how to say scared and scary in Cantonese. Scared in Cantonese: 驚 [geng1] Scared in Cantonese is 驚 [geng1]. ngo5 hou2 geng1 aa3. 我好驚啊。 I am so scared. Types of sentence structure Subject-predicative Functions in sentence Subject Adverbial…

How to say excuse me in Cantonese?
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How to say excuse me in Cantonese?

Do you know how to say excuse me in Cantonese?  In this lesson, you will learn how to say excuse me in Cantonese. Excuse me in Cantonese: 唔該 [m4 goi1] Excuse me in Cantonese is 唔該 [m4 goi1].  唔該 [m4 goi1] also means thank you in Cantonese. m4 goi1! 唔該! Excuse me! Type of sentence…

How to say no need in Cantonese?

Want to stop someone from bothering you with products or offers you don't feel interested at all?  In this lesson, you will learn how to say no need in Cantonese. No need in Cantonese: 唔使 [m4 sai2] One way to say no need in Cantonese is using clause 唔使 [m4 sai2].  使 [sai2] is the…

Special meanings with Cantonese surnames 賴 [laai6] and 屈 [wat1]

Are you picking a Cantonese name for yourself?  Do you know Cantonese surnames 賴 [laai6] and 屈 [wat1] can be used as an idiomatic expression for sarcasm?  Learn the special meaning of Cantonese surnames 賴 [laai6] and 屈 [wat1] before you use them in your name. Special meaning of Cantonese surnames 賴 [laai6] When 賴…

How to say Cantonese in Cantonese?

Do you know there are multiple ways for saying Cantonese in Cantonese, which vary based on the speaker's origin? In this lesson, you will learn how to say Cantonese in Cantonese. Cantonese in Cantonese: 粵語 [jyut6 jyu5] 粵語 [jyut6 jyu5] is the most general and academic way to say Cantonese in Cantonese.  It is used…

How to say help in Cantonese?

Do you know how to say help in Cantonese?  In this lesson, you will learn how to say help in Cantonese. Help in Cantonese: 救命 [gau3 meng6] Expression 救命 [gau3 meng6] means help in Cantonese.  If you try to understand it literally, it means "to save life". This expression is usually used with particle 啊…

How to say police in Cantonese?

Do you know how to say police in Cantonese with neutral connotation?  In this lesson, you will learn how to say police in Cantonese. Police in Cantonese: 警察 [ging2 caat3] Police in Cantonese is 警察 [ging2 caat3].  You can say 黑警 [hak1 ging2] if you are referring to black cops or corrupted cops. cyun4 hoeng1…

How to say cute in Cantonese?
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How to say cute in Cantonese?

Do you know how to say cute in Cantonese to flatter Hong Kong girls, 港女 [gong2 neoi2]?  In this lesson, you will learn how to say cute in Cantonese. Cute in Cantonese: 可愛 [ho2 oi3] Adjective(形容詞) 可愛 [ho2 oi3] means cute in Cantonese. ni1 zek3 gau2 zai2 hou2 ho2 oi3 aa3! 呢隻狗仔好可愛啊! This puppy is…

How to say friend and best friend in Cantonese?
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How to say friend and best friend in Cantonese?

Do you know how to say friend in Cantonese?  In this lesson, you will learn how to say friend and best friend in Cantonese. Friend in Cantonese: 朋友 [pang4 jau5] Friend in Cantonese is 朋友 [pang4 jau5]. bin1 go3 hai6 nei5 pang4 jau5 aa3? 邊個係你朋友啊? Who is your friend? Type of sentence structure Predicate-object Functions…

How to say ugly in Cantonese?

Do you know how to say ugly in Cantonese?  In this lesson, you will learn how to say ugly in Cantonese and the difference between Adjective(形容詞) 樣衰 [joeng2 seoi1], 醜 [cau2], 醜樣 [cau2 joeng2] and 醜怪 [cau2 gwaai3]. Ugly in Cantonese: 樣衰 [joeng2 seoi1] Adjective 樣衰 [joeng2 seoi1] means ugly in Cantonese.  樣 [joeng2] here…

How to say handsome in Cantonese?

Do you know how to say handsome in Cantonese?  In this lesson, you will learn how to say handsome in Cantonese. Handsome in Cantonese: 靚仔 [leng3 zai2] Handsome in Cantonese is 靚仔 [leng3 zai2].  When 靚仔 [leng3 zai2] is used as a noun, it means handsome boy in Cantonese. nei5 naam4 pang4 jau5 gam3 leng3…

How to say beautiful and pretty in Cantonese?
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How to say beautiful and pretty in Cantonese?

Hong Kong girls, 港女 [gong2 neoi2], are really beautiful!  Do you know how to say beautiful and pretty in Cantonese to flatter them?  In this lesson, you will learn how to say beautiful and pretty in Cantonese. Beautiful and pretty in Cantonese: 靚 [leng3] Adjective(形容詞) 靚 [leng3] means both beautiful and pretty in Cantonese.  It…

How to say family in Cantonese?

Do you know how to say family in Cantonese?  In this lesson, you will learn how to say family in Cantonese and the difference between noun 家庭 [gaa1 ting4] and 一家人 [jat1 gaa1 jan4] Family in Cantonese: 家庭 [gaa1 ting4] Noun(名詞) 家庭 [gaa1 ting4] means family in Cantonese. ngo5 soeng2 jau5 zi6 gei2 ge3 gaa1…

How to say cry in Cantonese?

Do you know how to say cry in Cantonese?  In this lesson, you will learn how to say cry in Cantonese. Cry in Cantonese: 喊 [haam3] Cry in Cantonese is 喊 [haam3]. m4 hou2 haam3 laa1。 唔好喊啦。 Stop crying. Type of sentence structure Predicate-object Functions in sentence Subject Adverbial Predicate Object Particle Part of speech…

How to say yes and no in Cantonese?

Do you know how to say yes and no in Cantonese?  Most of the books and website will teach you 係 [hai6] and 唔係 [m4 hai6] up front, but there is more than that you need to know.  Learn these two basic Cantonese words in this lesson and start answering questions accurately in Cantonese! If…

How to say home in Cantonese?

Do you know how to say home in Cantonese?  In this lesson, you will learn how to say home in Cantonese and the difference between noun 屋企 [uk1 kei2] and 家 [gaa1]. Home in Cantonese: 屋企 [uk1 kei2] Noun(名詞) 屋企 [uk1 kei2] means home in Cantonese. ni1 dou6 hai6 ngo5 uk1 kei2 aa3。 呢度係我屋企啊。 Here…

How to say hungry in Cantonese?
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How to say hungry in Cantonese?

It is tea time again!  Do you feel hungry?  In this lesson, you will learn how to say hungry in Cantonese. Hungry in Cantonese: 肚餓 [tou5 ngo6] Adjective(形容詞) 肚餓 [tou5 ngo6] means hungry in Cantonese. ngo5 hou2 tou5 ngo6 aa3! 我好肚餓啊! I am very hungry! Types of sentence structure Subject-predicate Functions in sentence Subject Adverbial…

How to say good morning, good afternoon, good evening and good night in Cantonese?

Do you know how to say good morning, good afternoon, good evening and good night in Cantonese?  Learn these basic Cantonese phrases and start greeting in Cantonese. Good morning in Cantonese: 早晨 [zou2 san4] Good morning in Cantonese is 早晨 [zou2 san4]. zou2 san4。 早晨。 Good morning。 Type of sentence structure Subject-predicate Functions in sentence…

How to say cold in Cantonese?
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How to say cold in Cantonese?

Have you ever watched movies in cinema in Hong Kong before?  Cinemas in Hong Kong are always freezing due to the high power air conditioning.  Do you know how to express how cold you feel and ask the staff to turn down the air conditioning? In this lesson, you will learn how to say cold…

How to say breakfast, lunch and dinner in Cantonese?

Do you know how to say breakfast, lunch and dinner in Cantonese?  In this lesson, you will learn how to say breakfast, lunch and dinner in Cantonese. Breakfast in Cantonese: 早餐 [zou2 caan1] 早餐 [zou2 caan1] means breakfast in Cantonese.  餐 [caan1] here means meal in Cantonese. nei5 sik6 zo2 zou2 caan1 mei6 aa3? 你食咗早餐未啊?…

How to say sad in Cantonese?
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How to say sad in Cantonese?

There is always ups and downs in our life.  Do you know how to express your sadness with your friends in Cantonese?  In this lesson, you will learn how to say sad in Cantonese. Sad in Cantonese: 傷心 [soeng1 sam1] There are two adjective(形容詞)you can use to express sad in Cantonese.  For the first one,…

How to say want in Cantonese?
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How to say want in Cantonese?

Have you ever been to a restaurant where waiters there do not speak English at all?  Can you ask for what you want in Cantonese in such scenario? In this lesson, you will learn how to say want in Cantonese. Want in Cantonese: 想 [soeng2] Want in Cantonese is 想 [soeng2].  This is an auxiliary…

Cantonese idiom 講人話 [gong2 jan4 waa2]

Have you ever seen someone tries to get away by speaking nonsense and lying shamelessly?  When you had enough of such jerk, what would you say to him?  In this lesson, we will teach you a Cantonese idiom 講人話 [gong2 jan4 waa2], which is used for asking people to stop saying BS. This lesson is…

How to say angry in Cantonese?

Have you ever experienced injustice in your life?  On the night of 11 August 2019, police force in Hong Kong has imposed incredibly excessive and inhumane forces against protestors and citizens.  They have fired tear gases inside the subway stations, spraying pepper ball against protestors within 1m in the manner of mass execution and deliberately…

How to say crazy in Cantonese?
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How to say crazy in Cantonese?

Hong Kong is becoming absurd and ludicrous.  Can you find the right word to describe this situation?  In this lesson, we will teach you how to say crazy in Cantonese. Crazy in Cantonese: 黐線 [ci1 sin3] There are two words that can be translated into crazy in Cantonese.  For the first one, adjective 黐線 [ci1…

How to say pain in Cantonese?
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How to say pain in Cantonese?

It is inevitable that we get sick from time to time.  Do you know how to tell your doctor where you feel pain in Cantonese? In this lesson, you will learn how to say pain in Cantonese. Pain in Cantonese: 痛 [tung3] Pain in Cantonese is 痛 [tung3].  This is an adjective(形容詞). ngo5 go3 tau4…

Cantonese idiom 砌生豬肉 [cai3 saang1 zyu1 juk6]

Cantonese idiom 砌生豬肉 [cai3 saang1 zyu1 juk6] is used when someone in power, including but not limited to the police, frames up someone.  This idiom was originated in the late 19th century in Hong Kong and it is a combination of word “charge” in English and word 砌 [cai3] in Cantonese. Origin of the idiom…

How to say hello in Cantonese?
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How to say hello in Cantonese?

Do you know how to say "Hello" in Cantonese? In this lesson, you will learn how to saying "Hello" in Cantonese and the difference between 你好 [nei5 hou2], 喂 [wai3] and 哈佬 [haa1 lou2]. Say hello in Cantonese formally: 你好 [nei5 hou2] The most formal way of saying hello in Cantonese is 你好 [nei5 hou2]. …

How to ask how much in Cantonese?
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How to ask how much in Cantonese?

Have you ever been to wet markets in Hong Kong?  Do you know how to ask how much in Cantonese? In this lesson, you will learn how to ask how much in Cantonese. Asking how much in Cantonese: 幾錢 [gei2 cin2] You can use 幾錢 [gei2 cin2] as an interrogative pronoun to form a question…

How to say how are you in Cantonese?
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How to say how are you in Cantonese?

Apart from the basic greeting 你好 [nei5 hou2], do you know other greetings in Cantonese?  Do you know how to say how are you in Cantonese? In this lesson, basic expressions for saying "How are you" will be introduced. How are you in Cantonese: 你點啊 [nei5 dim2 aa3] How are you in Cantonese is 你點啊…

How to politely ask a question in Cantonese?
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How to politely ask a question in Cantonese?

Every book, website or Cantonese class will teach you how to form a question in Cantonese, but do you know how to politely ask a question in Cantonese?  Do you know how to make your question sounds softer? In this lesson, basic expressions for asking a question politely in Cantonese will be introduced. Politely ask…

How to say hot in Cantonese?
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How to say hot in Cantonese?

During summer, Hong Kong is very hot and humid.  Do you know how to say hot in Cantonese?  In this lesson, basic adjectives for describing hotness will be introduced. Hot in Cantonese: 熱 [jit6] You can use adjective(形容詞)熱 [jit6] to express the weather, a person or an object as hot in Cantonese. hou2 jit6 aa3…

How to say I don’t understand in Cantonese?
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How to say I don’t understand in Cantonese?

It is inevitable that you will come across some words or sentences that you don't understand in a Cantonese conversation.  Do you know how to say I don't understand in Cantonese?  In this lesson, basic verbs and expressions showing you don't understand something will be introduced. You can use verb(動詞)知 [zi1], 明 [ming4] or clause(分句)聽唔明…

How to say sleepy in Cantonese?
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How to say sleepy in Cantonese?

In this lesson, adjective for describing someone as sleepy will be introduced.  Do you know how to say sleepy in Cantonese? Sleepy in Cantonese: 眼瞓 [ngaan5 fan3] Sleepy in Cantonese is 眼瞓 [ngaan5 fan3].  眼 [ngaan5] means eyes in Cantonese and 瞓 [fan3] means sleep in Cantonese. ngo5 hou2 ngaan5 fan3 aa3 我好眼瞓啊。 I am…

How to say I am tired in Cantonese?
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How to say I am tired in Cantonese?

Working in Hong Kong is not easy and working overtime is almost inevitable.  Tell your senior that you are very tired and you want to go home!  Do you know how to say tired in Cantonese? In this lesson, adjectives that express tired in Cantonese will be introduced. Tired in Cantonese: 攰 [gui6] Tired in…

How to say I love you in Cantonese?
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How to say I love you in Cantonese?

Do you have a crush on someone in Hong Kong?  If you have a partner already, do you know how to express your love to him or her in Cantonese? In this lesson, we will teach you how to say love and I love you in Cantonese. Love in Cantonese: 愛 [oi3] Love in Cantonese…

How to say sorry in Cantonese?
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How to say sorry in Cantonese?

No matter how can careful you are, mistakes will be made at some point in time.  Do you know how to apologize and say sorry in Cantonese? In this lesson, two basic expressions for saying sorry in Cantonese will be introduced.  Both expressions 對唔住 [deoi3 m4 zyu6] and 唔好意思 [m4 hou2 ji3 si1] mean sorry…

How to say thank you in Cantonese?
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How to say thank you in Cantonese?

Are you confused with how to say thank you in Cantonese?  Do you know when to use 唔該 [m4 goi1] and when to use 多謝 [do1 ze6]? In this lesson, two ways for saying thank you in Cantonese and the difference between 唔該 [m4 goi1] and 多謝 [do1 ze6] will be introduced. Thank you in…

How to say unpalatable in Cantonese?
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How to say unpalatable in Cantonese?

Although there are many great foods in Hong Kong, have you ever tried some unsavory food that taste bad?  Do you know how to describe them and share it with your friends, and probably, complain about it with waiters in Cantonese? In this lesson, unpalatable in Cantonese will be introduced. Unpalatable in Cantonese: Negating 好食…

How to say delicious in Cantonese?
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How to say delicious in Cantonese?

Being called as “the paradise of cuisine” 美食天堂[mei5 sik6 tin1 tong4], there are so many delicious food of different culture available in Hong Kong.  Do you know how to say delicious in Cantonese? In this lesson, serval basic adjectives(形容詞)for describe foods and drinks you like will be introduced. Delicious in Cantonese for food: 好食 [hou2…

Chinese New Year greetings in Cantonese

A new year is coming.  How many Chinese new year greetings in Cantonese do you know besides 'Kung Hei Fat Choi'? In this lesson, more than 20 greetings for Chinese New Year in Cantonese will be introduced. Chinese New Year greetings in Cantonese: Happy New Year Happy new year in Cantonese is 新年快樂 [san1 nin4…

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