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How to say cute in Cantonese?

Do you know how to say cute in Cantonese to flatter girls?  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 really cute!

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicative
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateParticle
Part of speechNounAdverbAdjectiveParticle
Words in sentence呢隻狗仔可愛

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.  To learn more about particle 啊 [aa3], please refer to Unit 12 Lesson 1.

Subject of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier呢隻
Head狗仔

ngo5 zung1 ji3 ho2 oi3 ge3 neoi5 zai2。

我中意可愛嘅女仔。

I like girls who are cute.

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObject
Part of speechNounVerbNoun
Words in sentence中意可愛嘅女仔

 

Object of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier可愛
Head女仔

Cute in Cantonese: 得意 [dak1 ji3]

Apart from 可愛 [ho2 oi3], adjective 得意 [dak1 ji3] also means cute in Cantonese.

ni1 zek3 gau2 zai2 hou2 dak1 ji3 aa3!

呢隻狗仔好可愛啊!

This puppy is really cute!

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicative
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateParticle
Part of speechNounAdverbAdjectiveParticle
Words in sentence呢隻狗仔得意

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.  To learn more about particle 啊 [aa3], please refer to Unit 12 Lesson 1.

Subject of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier呢隻
Head狗仔

ngo5 zung1 ji3 dak1 ji3 ge3 sai3 lou6 zai2。

我中意得意嘅細路仔。

I like kids who are cute.

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObject
Part of speechNounVerbNoun
Words in sentence中意得意嘅細路仔

 

Object of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier得意
Head細路仔

Reference

  1. 粵典。「可愛
  2. 粵典。「得意

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