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How to say I love you in Cantonese?
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How to say I love you in Cantonese?

Do you have a crush on someone in Hong Kong?  If you have a partner already, do you know how to express your love to him or her in Cantonese?  Do you know how to say I love you in Cantonese?  In this lesson, basic words and expressions for showing your love and your liking in Cantonese will be introduced.

Love in Cantonese: 愛 [oi3]

There are two ways to say I love you in Cantonese.  For the first one, you can use adjective 愛 [oi3].

ngo5 oi3 nei5 aa3

我愛你啊。

I love you.

Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounVerbNounParticle
Words in sentence

 

Particle(助詞)啊 [aa3] can be used to soften a sentence.  To learn more about particle 啊 [aa3], you may refer to Unit 7 Lesson 9, Unit 8 Lesson 5 and Unit 12 Lesson 1.

ngo5 zan1 hai6 hou2 oi3 nei5 aa3

我真係好愛你啊。

I really love you.

Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounAdverbVerbNounParticle
Words in sentence真係; 好

 

ngo5 oi3 nei5 oi3 dou3 so4 aa3

我愛你愛到傻啊。

I love you to the extent that I would go crazy.

Type of sentence structurePredicative-complement
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateComplementParticle
Part of speechNounClauseClauseParticle
Words in sentence愛你愛到傻

 

到 [dou3] is used here to form a complement of extent(程度補語).  To learn more about complement of extent, you may refer to Unit 10 Lesson 5.

Predicate of that sentence

Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObject
Part of speech/VerbNoun
Words in sentence/

 

Complement of that sentence

Type of sentence structurePredicative-complement
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateComplement
Part of speech/Verb; /Adjective
Words in sentence/愛; 到

 

Like in Cantonese: 中意 [zung1 ji3]

You can also use adjective 中意 [zung1 ji3] to express I love you in Cantonese.  This word is not as “heavy” as 愛 [oi3].

ngo5 hou2 zung1 ji3 nei5 aa3

我好中意你啊。

I like you.

Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounAdverbVerbNounParticle
Words in sentence中意

 

ngo5 zung1 ji3 nei5 zung1 ji3 dou3 baau3 aa3

我中意你中意到爆啊。

I like you very much.  (Literal meaning: I like you to the extent that I would explode)

Type of sentence structurePredicative-complement
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateComplementParticle
Part of speechNounClauseClauseParticle
Words in sentence中意你中意到爆

 

Predicate of that sentence

Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObject
Part of speech/VerbNoun
Words in sentence/中意

 

Complement of that sentence

Type of sentence structurePredicative-complement
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateComplement
Part of speech/Verb; /Verb
Words in sentence/中意; 到

 

nei5 jau6 leng3 jau6 ho2 oi3,ngo5 zan1 hai6 hou2 zung1 ji3 nei5 aa3

你又靚又可愛,我真係好中意你啊。

As you are beautiful and cute, I really like you.

Composite sentences

Type of composite sentenceCompound sentences
ComponentsSentence 1Sentence 2
True valueTrueTrue
Words in sentence你又靚又可愛我真係好中意你啊

 

Correlative conjunction(相關連詞)又[jau6] is used here to connect two sentences together.  To learn more about correlative conjunction, you may refer to Unit 6 Lesson 3.

Sentence 1 of that sentence

Type of composite sentenceCompound sentences
ComponentsSentence 1Sentence 2
True valueTrueTrue
Words in sentence你又靚又可愛

 

Sentence 1 of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicative
Functions in sentenceSubjectConjunctionPredicate
Part of speechNounAdverbial conjunctionAdjective
Words in sentence

 

Sentence 2 of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicative
Functions in sentenceSubjectConjunctionPredicate
Part of speechNounAdverbial conjunctionAdjective
Words in sentence(你)可愛

 

Sentence 2 of that sentence

Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounAdverbVerbNounParticle
Words in sentence真係; 好中意

Reference

  1. 粵典。「愛
  2. 粵典。「中意

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