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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 download a complete audio transcript for listening in your car.

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English:Hello
Chinese:nay hoh
Literally:you good
English:You
Chinese:nay
English:Good / very
Chinese:hoh
So to say Hello in Cantonese, you literally say You good
English:Hello
Chinese:nay hoh
Literally: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:
English:How are you?
Chinese:nay hoh mah
Literally:you good +?
English:I
Chinese:ngoh
English:I'm very good
Chinese:ngoh hoh hoh
Literally:I very good
English:Thank you
Chinese:doh-tzay
English:What about / how about
Chinese:neh
English:What about you?
Chinese:nay neh
Literally:you what about?
English:I'm very good thank you, what about you?
Chinese:ngoh hoh hoh, doh-tzay, nay neh
Literally:(same)
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.
English:Bye
Chinese:bie bie
English:Country
Chinese:gwohk
English:Beautiful
Chinese:may
English:America
Chinese:may gwohk
Literally:beautiful country
English:Middle
Chinese:johng
English:China
Chinese:johng gwohk
Literally:middle country

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