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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?

Have you eaten breakfast yet?

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicatePredicative suffixObjectParticle
Part of speechNounVerbPredicative suffixNounParticle
Words in sentence早餐未; 啊

Predicative suffix 咗 [zo2] indicates an action has been completed.  Learn more about the grammar of 咗 [zo2] in Cantonese here.

ngo5 m4 zung1 ji3 sik6 zou2 caan1 gaa3。

我唔中意食早餐㗎。

I don’t like to eat breakfast.

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounAdverbAuxiliary verbClauseParticle
Words in sentence中意食早餐

 

Object of that sentence
Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObject
Part of speech/VerbNoun
Words in sentence/早餐

Lunch in Cantonese: 午餐 [ng5 caan1] and 午飯 [ng5 faan6]

Both 午餐 [ng5 caan1] and 午飯 [ng5 faan6] means lunch in Cantonese.  Nevertheless, Hong Kongers usually say lunch instead of 午餐 [ng5 caan1] or 午飯 [ng5 faan6] in their conversations.

nei5 sik6 zo2 ng5 caan1 mei6 aa3?

你食咗午餐未啊?

Have you eaten lunch yet?

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicatePredicative suffixObjectParticle
Part of speechNounVerbPredicative suffixNounParticle
Words in sentence午餐未; 啊

ngo5 zung1 ji3 hai2 caa4 caan1 teng1 sik6 ng5 faan6。

我中意喺茶餐廳食午飯。

I like having lunch in Cha Chaan Teng.

 

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObject
Part of speechNounAuxiliary verbClause
Words in sentence中意喺茶餐廳食午飯

 

Object of that sentence

Type of sentence structure Predicative expression in series
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicate 1Object 1Predicate 2Object 2
Part of speech/PrepositionNounVerbNoun
Words in sentence/茶餐廳午飯

Dinner in Cantonese: 晚餐 [maan5 caan1] and 晚飯 [maan5 faan6]

Both 晚餐 [maan5 caan1] and 晚飯 [maan5 faan6] means dinner in Cantonese.

nei5 sik6 zo2 maan5 caan1 mei6 aa3?

你食咗晚餐未啊?

Have you eaten lunch yet?

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicatePredicative suffixObjectParticle
Part of speechNounVerbPredicative suffixNounParticle
Words in sentence晚餐未; 啊

ceot1 gaai1 sik6 maan5 faan6 hou2 gwai3 gaa3。

出街食晚飯好貴㗎。

It is expensive to have dinner outside.

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicative
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateParticle
Part of speechClauseAdverbAdjectiveParticle
Words in sentence出街食晚飯

 

Subject of that sentence

Type of sentence structure Predicative expression in series
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicate 1Object 1Predicate 2Object 2
Part of speech/VerbNounVerbNoun
Words in sentence/晚飯

Reference for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Cantonese

  1. 粵典。「早餐
  2. 粵典。「午餐
  3. 粵典。「午飯
  4. 粵典。「晚餐
  5. 粵典。「晚飯

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