These Cantonese Chinese lessons have been designed
to provide practical travel vocabulary and a foundation for basic conversational
skills through a simple listen and repeat format. Don't be frustrated
if you find the phrases difficult to say at first -- this is to be expected
when starting on a new language. Practice as often as possible, and
you'll soon notice your ability to recognize and produce the sounds
of Cantonese developing naturally with repeated exposure. You may also
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for listening in your car.
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So to say Hello in Cantonese,
you literally say You good
To convert that into the question How are you?, or literally You good?, all you have to do is add one more syllable at the end:
How are you?
nay hoh mah
you good +?
I'm very good
ngoh hoh hoh
I very good
What about / how about
What about you?
you what about?
I'm very good thank you, what about you?
ngoh hoh hoh, doh-tzay, nay neh
If you're just getting started,
don't be worried if you were unable to reproduce that sentence. At first,
many of the sounds you'll be hearing here will be new, and you may find
yourself becoming quite frustrated. That is completely normal. You'll find
that with each subsequent listening, the ability to recognize and reproduce
sounds becomes easier and easier.