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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]

Noun(名詞) 朋友 [pang4 jau5] means friend in Cantonese.

bin1 go3 hai6 nei5 pang4 jau5 aa3?

邊個係你朋友啊?

Who is your friend?

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounLinking VerbNounParticle
Words in sentence邊個你朋友

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.

Object of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier
Head朋友

 

nei5 dim2 gaai2 jau5 gam3 do1 pang4 jau5 ge2?

你點解有咁多朋友嘅?

Why do you have so many friends?

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounAdverbVerbNounParticle
Words in sentence點解咁多朋友

 

Particle(助詞) 嘅 [ge2] is used for asking why in Cantonese.  Read Unit 8 Lesson 9 to learn more.

Object of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier咁多
Head朋友

nei5 go3 pang4 jau5 hai2 bin1 aa3?

你個朋友喺邊啊?

Where is your friend?

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounVerbNounParticle
Words in sentence你個朋友

 

Subject of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier你個
Head朋友

Best friend in Cantonese: 死黨 [sei2 dong2]

Noun(名詞) 死黨 [sei2 dong2] means best friend in Cantonese.

bin1 go3 hai6 nei5 sei2 dong2 aa3?

邊個係你死黨啊?

Who is your best friend?

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounLinking VerbNounParticle
Words in sentence邊個你死黨

 

Object of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier
Head死黨

nei5 go3 sei2 dong2 hai2 bin1 aa3?

你個死黨喺邊啊?

Where is your best friend?

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounVerbNounParticle
Words in sentence你個死黨

 

Subject of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier你個
Head死黨

Reference

  1. 粵典。「朋友
  2. 粵典。「死黨

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