Free Cantonese Chinese Lessons

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These Cantonese Chinese lessons have been designed to provide practical travel vocabulary and a foundation for basic conversational skills. You may also download a complete audio transcript for listening in your car.

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English:Soap
Chinese:fahn-gahn
English:Is there any soap?
Chinese:yau moh fahn-gahn ah
Literally:have-not-have soap +?
English:Towel
Chinese:moh-gun
English:A towel (with measure word)
Chinese:tew moh-gun
Literally:a towel
The verb construction in the following phrase demonstrates an alternative method of asking a question using the verb to be.
English:Is there a towel?
Chinese:hie-hm-hie yau tew moh-gun ah
Literally:is-not-is have towel? +?
English:Where is the towel?
Chinese:moh-gun hie been doh ah
Literally:towel located where +?
English:Pen
Chinese:but
English:Do you have a pen
Chinese:nay yau moh but ah
Literally:you have-not-have pen +?
English:No, I don't have a pen
Chinese:mo, ngoh moh but
Literally:not have, I not have pen
English:(Measure work for stick like things, including pens)
Chinese:tchee
English:One pen
Chinese:yut tchee but
Literally:(same)
English:Yes, I have 3 pens
Chinese:yau, ngoh yau sahm tchee but
Literally:have, I have 3 pens
In Cantonese, the verb to have can also mean there are:
English:There are many people here
Chinese:nee-doh yau hoh doh yahn
Literally:here has many people
English:Money
Chinese:tcheen
English:Do you have any money?
Chinese:nay yau moh tcheen ah
Literally:you have / not have money +?
English:I have money
Chinese:ngoh yau tcheen
Literally:(same)
English:I have some money
Chinese:ngoh yau yut-dee tcheen
Literally:(same)
English:I have a lot of money
Chinese:ngoh yau hoh doh tcheen
Literally:I have very much money
English:Rich
Chinese:hoh yau tcheen
Literally:very has money
English:She is rich
Chinese:keui hoh yau tcheen
Literally:she very rich

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