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How to say home in Cantonese?

Do you know how to say home in Cantonese?  In this lesson, you will learn how to say home in Cantonese and the difference between noun 屋企 [uk1 kei2] and 家 [gaa1]

Home in Cantonese: 屋企 [uk1 kei2]

Noun(名詞) 屋企 [uk1 kei2] means home in Cantonese.

ni1 dou6 hai6 ngo5 uk1 kei2 aa3。

呢度係我屋企啊。

Here is my home.

Types of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounLinking verbNounParticle
Words in sentence呢度我屋企

 

Object of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier
Head屋企

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.

nei5 uk1 kei2 hai2 bin1 aa3?

你屋企喺邊啊?

Where is your home?

Types of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounVerbNounParticle
Words in sentence你屋企

This question is a specified interrogative sentences(特指問句).  Read Unit 8 Lesson 1 to learn more.

Subject of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier
Head屋企

 

ngo5 soeng2 soeng5 nei5 uk1 kei2 ceoi1 seoi2 aa3。

我想上你屋企吹水啊。

I want to go to your home and chit chat with you.

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounAuxiliary verbClauseParticle
Words in sentence上你屋企吹水

 

Object of that sentence

Type of sentence structure Predicative expression in series
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicate 1Object 1Predicate 2Object 2
Part of speech/VerbNounVerbNoun
Words in sentence/你屋企

 

Object 1 of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier
Head屋企

Home in Cantonese: 家 [gaa1]

家 [gaa1] also means home in Cantonese, yet it is mostly used when writing in Mandarin(Written Cantonese) only.

ni1 dou6 hai6 ngo5 go3 gaa1 aa3。

呢度係我個家啊。(Very Unnatural)

Here is my home.

Types of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounLinking verbNounParticle
Words in sentence呢度我個家

 

Object of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier
Head個家

nei5 go3 gaa1 hai2 bin1 aa3?

你個家喺邊啊?(Very unnatural)

Where is your home?

Types of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounVerbNounParticle
Words in sentence你個家

 

Subject of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier
Head個家

Reference

  1. 粵典。「家
  2. 粵典。「屋企

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