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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 by speakers in all region.

In a board sense, 粵語 [jyut6 jyu5] represents a group of speech varieties spoken in Guangdong, Guangxi, Hong Kong and Macau, including Cantonese.  In a narrow sense, it simply represents Cantonese.

ngo5 sik1 gong2 jyut6 ju5 aa3。

我識講粵語啊。

I know how to speak Cantonese.

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounAuxiliary verbClauseParticle
Words in sentence講粵語

Particle(助詞) 啊 [aa3] is used for soften a sentence.  It always sounds much more natural to use a particle than omitting one in Cantonese.

Object of that sentence

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObject
Part of speech/VerbNoun
Words in sentence/粵語

Cantonese in Cantonese: 廣東話 [gwong2 dung1 waa2]

廣東話 [gwong2 dung1 waa2] also means Cantonese in Cantonese.  It is usually used by speakers originated from Hong Kong.

ngo5 soeng2 hok6 gwong2 dung1 waa2 aa3。

我想學廣東話啊。

I want to learn Cantonese.

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounAuxiliary verbClauseParticle
Words in sentence學廣東話

 

Object of that sentence

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObject
Part of speech/VerbNoun
Words in sentence/廣東話

nei5 dim2 gaai2 soeng2 hok6 gwong2 dung1 waa2 aa3?

你點解想學廣東話啊?

Why do you want to learn Cantonese?

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounAdverbAuxiliary verbClauseParticle
Words in sentence點解學廣東話

 

Object of that sentence

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObject
Part of speech/VerbNoun
Words in sentence/廣東話

Cantonese in Cantonese: 白話 [baak6 waa2] and 廣州話 [gwong2 zau1 waa2]

白話 [baak6 waa2] and 廣州話 [gwong2 zau1 waa2] also mean Cantonese in Cantonese.  It is usually used by speakers originated from Guangzhou(廣州).

ngo5 soeng2 hok6 baak6 waa2 aa3。

我想學白話啊。

I want to learn Cantonese.

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounAuxiliary verbClauseParticle
Words in sentence學白話

 

Object of that sentence

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObject
Part of speech/VerbNoun
Words in sentence/白話

nei5 dim2 gaai2 soeng2 hok6 gwong2 zau1 waa2 aa3?

你點解想學廣州話啊?

Why do you want to learn Cantonese?

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounAdverbAuxiliary verbClauseParticle
Words in sentence點解學廣州話

 

Object of that sentence

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObject
Part of speech/VerbNoun
Words in sentence/廣州話

Reference

  1. 粵典。「廣東話
  2. 粵典。「白話
  3. 粵典。「廣州話
  4. 粵典。「粵語

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