These Cantonese Chinese lessons have been designed to provide practical travel vocabulary and a foundation for basic conversational skills. You may also
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English: Fragrant / good smell Chinese: heung
English: Hong Kong Chinese: heung-gahng Literally: fragrant harbor
English: I'm going to Hong Kong Chinese: ngoh houe heung-gahng Literally: I going to Hong Kong
English: Guongzhou Chinese: gwahng-zau
English: You're going to Guongzhou Chinese: nay houe gwahng-zau Literally: You going to Guongzhou
English: Are you going to Guongzhou? Chinese: nay hie-hm-hie houe gwahng-zau ah Literally: you are-not-are going Guongzhou +?
English: Yes (affirmative response) Chinese: hie Literally: are
English: No Chinese: hm hie Literally: not are
English: Yes, I'm going to guongzhou Chinese: hie, ngoh houe gwahng-zau Literally: am, I going Guongzhou
English: He / she Chinese: keui
English: He knows how to speak English Chinese: keui sik gahng yeeng-mun Literally: he knows how to speak English
So far you've learned the pronouns
for I, you, and she/ he. These can be converted
into the pronouns we, they, and plural form of you
quite easily by adding the extension day:
English: We Chinese: ngoh day
English: They Chinese: keui day
English: You (plural - when speaking to more than 1 person) Chinese: nay day
English: They are American Chinese: keui-day hie may-gwohk yan Literally: (same)
English: We can understand a little Cantonese Chinese: ngoh-day sik tayng yut-dee gwahng-dohng wah Literally: we konw how to listen a little Cantonese
For the remainder of the course, when the plural form of you is required, we will say you guys.
English: Are you guys going to China? Chinese: nay-day hie-hm-hie houe johng-gwohk ah Literally: you guys are-not-are going China +?
English: My place Chinese: ngoh doh Literally: I place
English: Your place Chinese: nay doh Literally: you place
English: His / her place Chinese: keui doh Literally: (same)
English: Our place Chinese: ngoh-day doh Literally: (same)
English: I'm going to your place Chinese: ngoh houe nay doh Literally: I going to your place
English: Are we going to her place? Chinese: ngoh-day hie-hm-hie houe keui doh ah Literally: we are-not-are going to her place +?