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How to say handsome in Cantonese?

Do you know how to say handsome in Cantonese?  In this lesson, you will learn how to say handsome in Cantonese.

Handsome in Cantonese: 靚仔 [leng3 zai2]

When 靚仔 [leng3 zai2] is used as an adjective, it means handsome in Cantonese.

When 靚仔 [leng3 zai2] is used as a noun, it means handsome boy in Cantonese.

nei5 naam4 pang4 jau5 gam3 leng3 zai2 ge2?

你男朋友咁靚仔嘅?

Why does your boyfriend look so handsome?

 

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicative
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateParticle
Part of speechNounAdverbAdjectiveParticle
Words in sentence你男朋友靚仔

 

Subject of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier
Head男朋友

seoi1 jin4 keoi5 hai6 hou2 leng3 zai2,daan6 hai6 keoi5 zan1 hai6 hou2 ai2 aa3。

雖然佢係好靚仔,但係佢真係好矮啊。

Although he is really handsome, he is really short.

Composite sentences

Type of composite sentenceComplex sentences
ComponentsSentence 1Sentence 2
True valueTrueTrue
Words in sentence雖然佢係好靚仔但係佢真係好矮啊

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.

Sentence 1 of that sentence

Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceConjunctionSubjectPredicateObject
Part of speechConjunctionNounAuxiliary verbClause
Words in sentence雖然好靚仔

 

Object of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicative
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicate
Part of speech/AdverbAdjective
Words in sentence/靚仔

 

Sentence 2 of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicative
Functions in sentenceConjunctionSubjectAdverbialPredicateParticle
Part of speechConjunctionNounAdverbAdjectiveParticle
Words in sentence但係真係; 好

nei5 zan1 hai6 gok3 dak1 zi6 gei2 hou2 leng3 zai2 aa4?

你真係覺得自己好靚仔呀?

Do you really think yourself as handsome?

Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounAdverbVerbSentenceParticle
Words in sentence真係覺得自己好靚仔

 

Object of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicative
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicate
Part of speechNounAdverbAdjective
Words in sentence自己靚仔

Reference

  1. 粵典。「靚仔

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