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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 structureSubject-predicate
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicate
Part of speech/Expression
Words in sentence/早晨

 

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.

zou2 san4 aa3。

早晨啊。

Good morning。

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicate
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateParticle
Part of speech/ExpressionParticle
Words in sentence/早晨

 

zou2 san4 aa3 aa3 Joe。

早晨啊阿Joe。

Good morning Joe。

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicate
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateParticle
Part of speechNounExpressionParticle
Words in sentence阿Joe早晨

Good afternoon in Cantonese: 午安 [ng5 on1]

Good afternoon in Cantonese is 午安 [ng5 on1].

ng5 on1。

午安。

Good afternoon。

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicate
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicate
Part of speech/Expression
Words in sentence/午安

 

ng5 on1 aa3。

午安啊。

Good afternoon。

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicate
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateParticle
Part of speech/ExpressionParticle
Words in sentence/午安

 

ng5 on1 aa3 aa3 Joe。

午安啊阿Joe。

Good afternoon Joe。

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicate
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateParticle
Part of speechNounExpressionParticle
Words in sentence阿Joe午安

Good evening in Cantonese: 晚安 [maan5 on1]

Good evening in Cantonese is 晚安 [maan5 on1].  However, this word is rather formal and it is quite awkward to use in daily conversation(As a native speaker, I am sure that I have said this word less than 3 times in my entire life).

maan5 on1。

晚安。

Good evening。

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicate
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicate
Part of speech/Expression
Words in sentence/晚安

 

maan5 on1 aa3。

晚安啊。

Good evening。

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicate
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateParticle
Part of speech/ExpressionParticle
Words in sentence/晚安

 

maan5 on1 aa3 aa3 Joe。

晚安啊阿Joe。

Good evening Joe。

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicate
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateParticle
Part of speechNounExpressionParticle
Words in sentence 阿Joe晚安

Good night in Cantonese: 早抖 [zou2 tau2]

Good night in Cantonese is 早抖 [zou2 tau2].

zou2 tau2。

早抖。

Good night。

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicate
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicate
Part of speech/Expression
Words in sentence/早抖

 

zou2 tau2 laa3。

早抖喇。

Good night。

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicate
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateParticle
Part of speech/ExpressionParticle
Words in sentence/早抖

 

zou2 tau2 laa3 aa3 Joe。

早抖喇阿Joe。

Good night Joe。

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicate
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateParticle
Part of speechNounExpressionParticle
Words in sentence 阿Joe早抖

Reference

  1. 粵典。「早晨
  2. 粵典。「早抖

That’s it for this lesson on good morning 早晨 [zou2 san4], good afternoon 午安 [ng5 on1], good evening 晚安 [maan5 on1] and good night 早抖 [zou2 tau2] in Cantonese.  Don’t stop here and learn more basic Cantonese phrases.  Be sure to check out our Facebook page as well!

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