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.  You can use verb(動詞)愛[oi3] and 中意[zung1 ji3] to express your love toward someone.

Love in Cantonese: 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
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Like in Cantonese: 中意[zung1 ji3]

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

 

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