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How to Say Hello in Cantonese

How to Say Hello in Cantonese

Are you travelling to Hong Kong, Macau, or Guangdong soon? Do you want to put some basic Cantonese phrases in your pocket? Learning how to say hello is the first thing to do when you’re planning for your next travel or when you start learning a new language. What are you waiting for? Let’s go through the different ways to say hello in Cantonese below now in our Cantonese greetings guide! We’ll take you through some of the most common Cantonese greetings with English translations.

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There are different types of “hello” phrases in Cantonese: the non time-sensitive ones (e.g. “hello” in English), the time-sensitive ones (e.g. “good morning” in English), and also one we use for phone calls specifically. We don’t have any special gestures or manners when we greet someone—simply saying the Cantonese greeting words will do. If you would like to express your enthusiasm in meeting someone, you can wave your hands while saying hello to him or her. We seldom hug, bow, or kiss on the cheek in greetings.

Now, let’s get on with the lesson—you’ll know all about Cantonese greetings in no time! You’ll also learn about other aspects of how Cantonese greet each other, such as body language and voice inflection. Enjoy!

1. Non Time-Sensitive Hello in Cantonese

  • Cantonese character: 你好
  • Romanization: nei5 hou2
  • Meaning: Hello (formal, for both speech and writings)

The universal greeting in Cantonese is 你好, which literally translates as “you good.” Both of the syllables should be pronounced using rising tones, with the second tone slightly higher than the first. If someone says 你好 to you, you can simply respond with 你好 as well.

In addition to meaning “Hello,” you can use 你好 to introduce yourself to a new acquaintance or to draw attention from somebody. Oftentimes you can hear waiters and waitresses in Canton restaurants saying 你好 when they’re bringing you food.

  • Cantonese character: 哈囉
  • Romanization: haa1 lo3
  • Meaning: Hello (informal, for speech)

哈囉 is “hello” with a Cantonese pronunciation. We use it to greet people casually, just like you would use “hi” in English. If someone says 哈囉, you can reply by repeating 哈囉.

Even though 哈囉 and 你好 are essentially the same, it’s possible to use them together. 哈囉,你好呀 (haa1 lo3,nei5 hou2 aa3), meaning “hello,” is usually used when you want to greet someone that you aren’t close with in a friendly way. It’s a more formal Cantonese greeting.

  • Cantonese character: 你好嗎?
  • Romanization: nei5 hou2 maa3
  • Meaning: How are you? (formal, for both speech and writings)

你好嗎?is the Cantonese version of “How are you?” It serves as a conversation starter. If someone asks you 你好嗎? you can respond by saying 好好 (hou2 hou2) meaning “very well,” 幾好 (gei2 hou2) meaning “quite well”, 唔錯 (m4 co3) meaning “not bad,” or longer sentences depending on how you want the conversation to go.

Cantonese Greetings

However, unlike in English, we seldom add “thank you” at the end of our responses. Even if it’s perfectly normal to reply with “very well, thank you” in English, it would be quite odd if you reply with 好好,多謝 (hou2 hou2, do1 ze6) meaning “very well, thank you.” Instead, we usually supplement our reply with a question: 你呢? (nei5 ne1) meaning “how about you?”

  • Cantonese character: 最近點呀?
  • Romanization: zeoi3 gan6 dim2 aa3
  • Meaning: How’s everything? (informal, for speech)

If you bump into a friend you haven’t seen for a bit, you can greet him or her with 最近點呀. 最近 is “recently” and 點呀 means “how.” Combining both, 最近點呀 stands for “how’s everything?” It’s a friendlier conversation starter and a more informal Cantonese greeting—in fact, an excellent Cantonese greeting between friends under the right circumstances. Further, there are no common responses. The reply varies depending on how well you know the person and whether you would like to keep the conversation going.

There are a few variations of 最近點呀?:

  • 點呀? (dim2 aa3)
  • 你最近點呀?(nei5 zeoi3 gan6 dim2 aa3)
  • 你近排點呀?(nei5 gan6 paai2 dim2 aa3)

All of these variations essentially mean the same thing and can be used interchangeably with 最近點呀?.

  • Cantonese character: 食咗飯未呀?
  • Romanization: sik6 zo2 faan6 mei6 aa3
  • Meaning: Have you had your meal? (informal, for speech)

An interesting way to say hello in Cantonese is to ask the person 食咗飯未呀? which translates as “have you had your meal yet?” Hong Kongers love to eat and we put great emphasis on dining. Asking a person 食咗飯未呀? is a great way to inquire after a person in Hong Kong; it’s like “how are you?” but with a local touch. Even though we classified it as a non time-sensitive Cantonese greeting here, it’s best to use this greeting only around meal time, or if you think that the person you’re greeting may not have had his or her meal yet.

To respond to this unique Cantonese greeting, you can say “yes” or “no.” Depending on your answer, the person may continue the conversation by asking questions such as “where did you have your meal?” or “what is blocking you from having your meal?”

  • Cantonese character: 好耐冇見
  • Romanization: hou2 noi6 mou5 gin3
  • Meaning: Long time no see (informal, for speech)

好耐冇見 literally translates as “long time no see.” It’s typical to greet someone you haven’t seen for quite a while with 好耐冇見. And if you do so, the usual response you’ll get is 係呀,好耐冇見 (hai6 aa3,hou2 noi6 mou5 gin3) meaning “Yes, it’s been quite a while.”

You can also put the phrases introduced above together to enrich your greetings. For example, you can say 哈囉,好耐冇見,最近點呀? (haa1 lo3,hou2 noi6 mou5 gin3,zeoi3 gan6 dim2 aa3) meaning “Hi, long time no see, how’s everything?” or 哈囉,最近點呀? (haa1 lo3,zeoi3 gan6 dim2 aa3) meaning “Hi, how’s everything?” to an acquaintance you haven’t met for some time.

2. Time-Sensitive Hello in Cantonese

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So, first things first—how do you say “good morning” in Cantonese?

  • Cantonese character: 早晨
  • Romanization: zou2 san4
  • Meaning: Good morning (formal, for both speech and writing)

早 means “early” and 晨 means “dawn,” but together, 早晨 means “good morning.” We use this phrase excessively in the morning. Whether it’s greeting the security guard, the cab driver, waiters and waitresses, coworkers, classmates, or even a random stranger on the street, you cannot go wrong with 早晨. The ordinary reply to 早晨 is repeating 早晨.

  • Cantonese character: 午安
  • Romanization: ng5 on1
  • Meaning: Good afternoon (formal, for both speech and writing)

午安 is equivalent to “good afternoon” in English, with 午 suggesting “noon” and 安 suggesting “good.” However, we seldom use 午安 in daily conversations nowadays, not even in formal settings. It can still be seen in writings, but to greet someone in the afternoon, we recommend using the non time-sensitive Cantonese greetings introduced above instead, such as 你好 and 哈囉.

  • Cantonese character: 晚安
  • Romanization: maan5 on1
  • Meaning: Good evening (formal, for both speech and writing)

晚 is “evening” and 晚安 is the Cantonese expression for “good evening.” Similar to 午安, we rarely use 晚安 to greet someone in daily conversations, yet you can still see 晚安 in writings. On top of using it at the start of a conversation, 晚安 can be put in at the end as a way to say goodbye.

In daily conversations, we suggest using the universal Cantonese greetings such as 你好 and 哈囉 instead of 晚安.

  • Cantonese character: 早唞
  • Romanization: zou2 tau2
  • Meaning: Good night (informal, for speech)

早唞 is the informal way to say “good night” in Cantonese, where 早 means “early” and 唞 means “rest.” Even though both 早唞 and 晚安 are related to evening, they cannot be used interchangeably. We should only say 早唞 when we plan to sleep soon—it’s like “good night, sleep tight” in English. The common way of replying to 早唞 is repeating the phrase “早唞.”

3. Phone Call Hello

Phone Call

  • Cantonese character:
  • Romanization: wai2
  • Meaning: Yo / Hello (informal, for speech)

Another interesting thing about “hello” in Cantonese is that we have a phrase specifically for greeting someone over the phone. When we pick up the phone, the first thing we say is 喂. 喂 is “hello” and is mainly used for answering the phone in Cantonese. It should be pronounced with a rising tone.

Note that it’s quite inappropriate and actually impolite to greet someone with 喂 in person, unless you’re very close with him or her. If you really want to use 喂 in person, you should pronounce the word in a slightly falling tone instead.

If someone says 喂 to you, you can simply answer with 喂.

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From the special greetings like 食咗飯未呀? and 喂 to the universal ones like 你好 and 哈囉, you should be quite familiar now with the basics of expressing hello in Cantonese. If you want to advance and practice further or gain deeper insights into Cantonese greetings, check out the below sites at CantoneseClass101!

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How to Celebrate April Fools’ Day in Cantonese

How to Celebrate April Fools' Day in Cantonese!

Most everyone is familiar with this day, as it is celebrated nearly everywhere the world. Yet, when exactly is April Fools’ Day? And where did April Fools come from? April Fools’ Day is observed on April 1st every year. This day of jokes and pranks is believed to have stemmed from the 16th-century calendar change in France, when New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. This action was taken due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

However, a few people were resistant to the calendar change, so they continued to observe New Year’s Day on April 1st, rather than the new date. They were referred to as the “April Fools”, and others started playing mocking tricks on them. This custom endured, and is practiced to this day around the world!

Table of Contents

  1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day
  2. Cantonese Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day
  3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody
  4. How Can CantoneseClass101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?

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1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day

Do you want to know how to say April Fools’ Day in Cantonese? Well, there are millions of ways and words, but here are the top one million Cantonese words you really need to know! Simply click this link. Here are some of them you will find useful:

  1. funny - 有趣 - yǒuqù
  2. joke - 开玩笑 - kāi wánxiào
  3. sneaky - 鬼鬼祟祟的 - guǐguǐ suìsuì de
  4. prankster - 恶作剧的人 - èzuòjù de rén
  5. prank - 恶作剧 - èzuòjù
  6. play a joke - 开玩笑 - kāi wánxiào
  7. humor - 幽默 - yōumò
  8. fool - 傻瓜 - shǎguā
  9. deceptive - 欺骗性的 - qīpiànxìng de
  10. April 1st - 四月一日 - Sìyuè Yī Rì
  11. lie - 撒谎 - sāhuǎng
  12. surprise - 让人惊讶 - ràng rén jīngyà

2. Cantonese Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day

Cantonese Phrases for April Fools' Day

Don’t limit yourself to practical jokes - use these April Fools’ phrases in Cantonese to prank your favorite Cantonese speaking friend or colleague!

  1. All classes for today got canceled.
    • 今天所有的课都取消了。
    • Jīntiān suǒyǒu de kè dōu qǔxiāo le .
  2. Someone has just hit your car.
    • 刚才有人撞了你的车。
    • Gāngcái yǒu rén zhuàng le nǐ de chē .
  3. I’m getting married.
    • 我要结婚了。
    • Wǒ yào jiéhūn le.
  4. You won a free ticket.
    • 你赢得了一张免费票。
    • Nǐ yíngdé le yì zhāng miǎnfèi piào .
  5. I’m sorry, but I’ve just broken your favorite pair of glasses.
    • 对不起,我刚刚弄坏了你最喜欢的眼镜。
    • Duìbùqǐ, wǒ gānggāng nòng huài le nǐ zuì xǐhuān de yǎnjìng .
  6. They’re giving away free gift cards in front of the building.
    • 他们在大楼前赠送免费礼物卡。
    • Tāmen zài dàlóu qián zèngsòng miǎnfèi lǐwù kǎ.
  7. A beautiful lady asked me to give this phone number to you.
    • 一位美丽的小姐让我把这个电话号码给你。
    • Yí wèi měilì de xiǎojiě ràng wǒ bǎ zhège diànhuà hàomǎ gěi nǐ .
  8. Can you come downstairs? I have something special for you.
    • 你能到楼下来吗?我给你准备了惊喜。
    • Nǐ néng dào lóuxià lái ma ? Wǒ gěi nǐ zhǔnbèi le jīngxǐ .
  9. Thank you for your love letter this morning. I never could have guessed your feelings.
    • 谢谢你今天早上的情书。我从不知道你的感情。
    • Xièxiè nǐ jīntiān zǎoshàng de qíngshū . Wǒ cóngbù zhīdào nǐ de gǎnqíng .
  10. I saw your car being towed.
    • 我看见你的车正被拖走。
    • Wǒ kànjiàn nǐ de chē zhèng bèi tuōzǒu.
  11. A handsome guy is waiting for you outside.
    • 一个帅哥在外面等你。
    • Yígè shuàigē zài wàimiàn děng nǐ.
  12. I learned Chinese in 1 month.
    • 我学了一个月的中文。
    • Wǒ xuéle yīgèyuè de Zhōngwén.

Choose your victims carefully, though; the idea is to get them to laugh with you, not to hurt their feelings or humiliate them in front of others. Be extra careful if you choose to play a prank on your boss - you don’t want to antagonize them with an inappropriate joke.

3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody

Choose Bad or Good

Right, now that you know the top million April Fools’ words in Cantonese, let’s look at some super pranks and tricks to play on friends, colleagues and family. Some April Fools ideas never grow old, while new ones are born every year.

Never joke in such a way that it hurts anyone, or humiliates them badly in front of others - the idea is for everybody to laugh and enjoy the fun! Respect is still key, no matter what day of the year it is.

Cockroach prank

1- Infestation

This trick is so simple, yet so creepy, it’s almost unbelievable. Take black paper, cut out the silhouette of a giant cockroach, a spider or another insect, and stick it inside the lampshade of a table lamp. When the lamp is switched on, it will look like a monstrous insect is sitting inside the lampshade. Or, get a whole lot of realistic-looking plastic insects, and spread them over a colleague’s desk and chair, or, at home, over the kids’ beds etc. Creep-factor: stellar.

2- Which One Doesn’t Fit?

Put the photo of a celebrity or a notorious politician in a frame, and take it to work on April Fools’ Day. Hang the photo on the staff picture wall, and wait. You’ll be surprised how long it can take for people to notice that one picture doesn’t fit.

3- Something Weird in the Restroom

At work, replace the air freshener in the restroom with something noxious like insect killer, oven cleaner or your own odious mixture in a spray bottle. Be sure to cover the bottle’s body so no one suspects a swap.

Or paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish, and leave it at the hand wash basin. It will not lather.

Or, if your workplace’s restroom has partitioned toilets with short doors, arrange jeans or trousers and shoes on all but one of the toilet covers, so it looks like every stall is occupied. Now wait for complaints, and see how long it takes for someone to figure out the April Fools’ Day prank. You’ll probably wish you had a camera inside the restroom. But, unless you don’t mind getting fired, don’t put your own recording device in there!

Funny Face

4- Call Me Funny

Prepare and print out a few posters with the following instructions: Lion Roar Challenge! Call this number - 123-456-7890 - and leave your best lion’s roar as voicemail! Best roarer will be announced April 10 in the cafeteria. Prize: $100. (Lion’s roar is just an example; you can use any animal call, or even a movie character’s unique sound, such as Chewbacca from Star Wars. The weirder, the funnier. Obviously!) Put the posters up in the office where most of the staff is likely to see them. Now wait for the owner of the number to visit you with murderous intent. Have a conciliatory gift ready that’s not a prank.

5- Minty Cookies

This is another simple but hugely effective prank - simply separate iced cookies, scrape off the icing, and replace it with toothpaste. Serve during lunch or tea break at work, or put in your family’s lunch boxes. Be sure to take photos of your victim’s faces when they first bite into your April Fools’ cookies.

6- Wild Shopping

At your local grocer, place a realistic-looking plastic snake or spider among the fresh vegetables. Now wait around the corner for the first yell.

7- The Oldest Trick in the Book

Don’t forget probably the oldest, yet very effective April Fools’ joke in the book - smearing hand cream or Vaseline on a door handle that most staff, family or friends are likely to use. Yuck to the max!

8- Sneeze On Me

Another golden oldie is also gross, yet harmless and utterly satisfying as a prank. Fill a small spray bottle that you can easily conceal with water. Walk past a friend, colleague or one of your kids, and fake a sneeze while simultaneously spraying them with a bit of water. Expect to be called a totally disgusting person. Add a drop of lovely smelling essential oil to the water for extra confusion.

9- Word Play Repairs

Put a fresh leek in the hand wash basin at home or work, and then tell your housemates or colleagues this: “There’s a huge leak in the restroom/bathroom basin, it’s really serious. Please can someone go have a look?!” Expect exasperation and smiles all around. Note that this prank is only likely to work where people understand English well.

10- Scary Face

Print out a very scary face on an A4 sheet of paper, and place it in a colleague’s, or one of your kid’s drawers, so it’s the first thing they see when they open the drawer. You may not be very popular for a while.

11- Wake Up To Madness

Put foamy shaving cream, or real whipped cream on your hand, and wake your kid up by tickling their nose with it. As long as they get the joke, this could be a wonderful and fun way to start April Fools’ Day.

Computer Prank

12- Computer Prank

This one’s fabulous, if you have a bit of time to fiddle with a colleague, friend or your kid’s computer. It is most effective on a computer where most of the icons they use are on the desktop background itself (as opposed to on the bottom task bar).

Take and save a screenshot of their desktop with the icons. Set this screenshot as their background image. Now delete all the working icons. When they return to their computer, wait for the curses when no amount of clicking on the icons works.

13- Monster Under the Cup

This one will also work well anywhere people meet. Take a paper cup, and write the following on it in black pen: “Danger! Don’t lift, big spider underneath.” Place it upside-down on prominent flat surface, such as a kitchen counter, a colleague’s desk or a restaurant table. Expect some truly interesting responses.

Door Prank

14- Prank Door

Write in large letters on a large and noticeable piece of paper: PUSH. Tape this notice on a door that should be pulled to open, and watch the hilarious struggle of those clever souls who actually read signs.

4. How Can CantoneseClass101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?

If you happen to visit China, or if you work for any Cantonese speaking company, knowing the above Cantonese prankster phrases can really lighten up your day. Showing you have a sense of humor can go a long way to cement good relationships in any situation. These phrases are at your disposal for free, as well as are these 100 core Cantonese words, which you will learn how to pronounce perfectly.

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3 Reasons Why Successful Students Learn Cantonese In the Car

Not only is it possible to learn Cantonese in your car, there are 3 great benefits that will help you master the language faster and with less effort.

With everyone so pressed for time these days, it might seem like a daydream to believe that you could learn Cantonese in your car—but it’s not! Thanks to a wide range of new technologies and resources, learning a language in your car is easier than ever. Not only is it easy to learn a language while driving, there are actually a number of benefits, especially if the lessons are part of a structured learning program like CantoneseClass101. Here are three specific benefits to learning Cantonese or any other new language in your car.

3 reasons why successful students learn cantonese in the car

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1. Transform Downtime into Progress

How much time do you spend commuting to and from work? Learning a language in your car transforms your commute time into tangible progress towards your dream. So instead of being stressed over how much time you are “wasting” on errands and daily commutes, you can decompress and have some fun while you learn Cantonese in your car!

2. Daily Exposure Leads to Passive Learning

Practice makes perfect and learning a new language is no different. The daily exposure you get when you learn Cantonese while driving helps improve listening comprehension, pronunciation, and of course helps build vocabulary and improve grammar. Don’t worry: You don’t need to memorize everything as you listen in Cantonese while driving. Just having continuous exposure to a foreign language helps you improve your vocabulary, learn faster, and ultimately retain more through passive learning.


3. Learning While Driving is Fun

Learning a new language does require a serious commitment, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! When you learn Cantonese in your car, you get to take some time away from the PC or smartphone and immerse yourself in the language instead of just “studying” it.

Plus, there are a number of “fun” activities that you can do and still learn in your car, such as:
- Singing Along with Cantonese Songs
- Playing Word Games or Trivia
- Just Listening Along and Seeing How Much You Can Pick Up and Understand

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Yes, you can learn a language while driving and have loads of fun doing it. Now let’s take a look at some specific things you can listen to while driving to help you learn a new language.

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-Listen to Podcasts: Typically designed to focus on one topic or lesson, podcasts are a great way to learn a language while driving. Unfortunately, podcasts are rarely at the same listening/comprehension level as the language learner so listeners may not get their full value. But at CantoneseClass101, our podcasts are created for every skill level so you don’t waste any time on material that isn’t relevant or suited to your exact needs.

-Sing Along to Cantonese Songs: Remember, just immersing yourself in a language can create passive learning and improve your pronunciation. Plus, with CantoneseClass101, you can sing along and memorize the lyrics, and then look the words up and add them to your personal dictionary.

-Playing Word Games or Trivia: There are audio games available online that you can download to any media device and listen to on your commute. Although we recommend this option for more advanced users, games are a fun and productive way to learn Cantonese in your car because they require listening and comprehension skills.

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You won’t recognize or understand every word you hear in a Cantonese song, podcast, or game—but that’s ok. The daily repetition and immersion in the language leads to passive learning that gradually increases your knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. And the greater your foundation in grammar and vocabulary, the more you’ll understand and learn from the audio lessons, podcasts, or whatever you listen to while learning Cantonese in your car.

Yes, you can learn Cantonese while driving because it leads to passive learning via daily immersion in the language. Although you may not understand all or even most of what you hear at first, the exposure helps improve pronunciation, vocabulary, and even grammar over time. Learning a language while driving also helps transform your commute into exciting “exotic adventures” that secretly teach you Cantonese in the process. Podcasts, songs, and even games can all help you learn Cantonese in your car while eliminating the “boring commute” in the process!

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4 Reasons Why Cantonese Slang Words Will Make You Fluent

Learn 4 honest reasons you need Cantonese slang words and why they are so vital to truly learning and mastering the language.

Teachers may normally cringe at the thought of their students learning Cantonese slang words. After all, slang words and phrases are typically defined as being grammatically incorrect. So why would your teacher want you to spend time learning the “wrong way” to speak Cantonese? Here are 4 of the top reasons why you should study slang words and expressions when learning Cantonese or any new language.

reasons to learn cantonese slang words

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1. Native Speakers Use Slang Expressions in Everyday Conversation

If you are going to study a foreign language and plan to use it to speak with native speakers, then you have to learn slang words and expressions. Otherwise, just using formal expressions and grammar may alienate you from native speakers and make it more difficult to establish a real connection. So it is best to at least learn some common slang words and expressions if you’re planning to meet or speak socially with someone.

2. Slang Words Are Used All Throughout Cantonese Culture

If you turn on any popular Cantonese TV show, listen to any song, or watch any movie, you are quickly going to see the value of learning Cantonese slang phrases. Just like everyday conversations between native speakers, Cantonese culture is filled with slang phrases and expressions. Without at least some knowledge of the more common slang phrases, popular culture and most conversations will be very confusing and potentially alienating.

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3. Slang Expressions Help You Better Express Your True Thoughts and Feelings

Only relying on formal grammar and vocabulary is very limiting, especially in social situations. Just like in your native language, using the appropriate Cantonese slang words can help you express a broader range of emotions, thoughts, and feelings.

4. Proper Use of Slang Makes You Sound More Natural

We’ve all met foreigners who technically used formal language perfectly but still sounded odd and well….foreign. But when you use the right slang words and expressions, you will sound more natural and like a true native speaker. If you notice, even most politicians include a sprinkling of slang expressions and words throughout their speeches to help them sound more natural and to better connect with the audience.

The Dark Side of Slang Expressions

Learning Cantonese slang words can indeed help you sound more natural, better understand the people and culture, and make integration much easier. However, there is a dark side: using the wrong slang expressions can also make you look foolish, uneducated, and potentially disrespectful.

But how do you know which slang words or phrases to use and when?

The truth is that you can’t learn the most modern and appropriate slang words in textbooks or formal classroom settings. By the time the information gets incorporated into a formal curriculum, it’s already outdated and no longer in use by actual Cantonese people. And while you can learn current slang expressions from Cantonese TV shows, movies, songs, and games, you may not understand the context. If that happens, you may use the right Cantonese slang words but in the wrong situation and still look like a fool or possibly even offend someone.

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So where can you learn current slang expressions and the right context in which to use them?

At CantoneseClass101, native speaking instructors create audio and video lessons that can include slang expressions and words. Our instructors provide context and examples for all the Cantonese slang words used in any lesson to make sure students understand the right time and place to use them.

Cantonese slang words and expressions may be grammatically incorrect but they are vital to truly understanding and immersing yourself in the culture. In fact, it will be very difficult to fully understand any movie, TV show, song, game, or even 1-on-1 conversation without knowing a few of the more common slang expressions.

However, it is important to learn the proper context and use of even popular slang expressions or you may come across as confusing, disrespectful, or uneducated.
At CantoneseClass101, you’ll learn how to use slang phrases and words to draw the right attention and avoid these problems.

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How to Learn Cantonese in Your Car?

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Stuck in traffic? Losing time in your car? Have you ever felt that in all this wasted time, you could have watched the 750 episodes of One Piece, finished the last Super Mario ten times, or even better…you could have learned Cantonese? Between family, friends and work, in addition to this time-consuming commute, it can become difficult to find time to properly learn Cantonese.

Fortunately, every problem has a solution, and what could be a better solution than turning that commute time into learning time? Stop passing the time mindlessly listening to the radio and try some of our best tips for mastering Cantonese in your car!

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You can learn Cantonese in your car, hands free
While driving, it’s important that you keep your focus on the road, so this is why our top tips won’t require you to use your hands!

Listening to Cantonese audio content in the car is a good way to learn
This is because it is a fun and efficient way to learn. With CantoneseClass101.com podcasts, you will be able to discover Cantonese culture through topics about everyday life. Instead of the radio, listen to a Cantonese podcast adapted to your level, from Absolute Beginner to Advanced, and you will make progress sooner that you would expect!

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You can listen to Cantonese music in the car
Did you know that you can learn Cantonese by singing while driving? Listen to songs from cartoon or drama and try to identify some words you learned.

Challenge yourself! Use the Cantonese you’ve studied up to this point and see how much you understand! Making the jump to real-life Cantonese is a scary one, but friendly children’s songs are a great place to start!

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You can learn alone in your car
When you’re driving alone, you can be as loud as you want – there is nothing better for remembering your Cantonese lessons than repeating loudly, again and again. Next time you see a driver who seems to be talking alone, you will know he or she is just learning Cantonese!

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You can learn through repetition with your passengers
If there are passengers in the car, it can be more stimulating to learn together. You can set a role play with Cantonese dialogues. With CantoneseClass101.com, you can download all the lessons transcript including the dialogues, as a PDF. Print it out and have some fun speaking in Cantonese!

One of the passengers can answer the quiz available on each of our lessons, while another can correct that person. Listening to someone at a more advanced level of Cantonese or a better accent is positive and helps you improve.

You can learn Cantonese offline
Do you have a poor connection or are unable to use the Internet? It’s not a problem for learning Cantonese! Before you start your commute, use our App to download the lessons you want to study and the podcast you want to listen to in your car, and you will be able to enjoy your lessons offline. Entering a tunnel won’t be a problem anymore. What a pleasure to listen to audio content without having the host freezing every 5 seconds!

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You can learn every day at your own pace
One of the best approaches for learning a language is little by little and often. It’s not efficient to take in a huge amount of information at one time. What you need is to study on a regular basis – a little bit of Cantonese every day. You commute several days a week, and that is all time you can take advantage of!

You have the freedom to choose the lessons and podcasts you want to focus on, at your own rhythm. You may want to do a little revision or discover how to talk about a new topic. And if you’re wondering what to learn next, you can use the new Learning Paths, which is our customized pathway feature that gives you a step-by-step way to learn Cantonese without getting lost!

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If you don’t have a car and commute by another method, these tips are still valid! Learning Cantonese is no longer limited to the classroom or your house; there are so many benefits to learning in your car or elsewhere. Reaching a conversational level will take you less time than you could ever have imagined! Don’t forget to sign up for your Free Lifetime Account and enjoy our content!