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Cantonese Key Phrase List

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Thank you!
多謝。 多謝。
do1 ze6.
Thank you!
Hello.
你好。 你好。
nei5 hou2.
Hello.
Good morning.
早晨。 早晨。
zou2 san4.
Good morning.
Goodbye.
再見。 再見。
zoi3 gin3.
Goodbye.
Good evening.
晚安。 晚安。
maan5 on1.
Good evening.
How are you?
你好嗎? 你好嗎?
nei5 hou2 maa3?
How are you?
Good afternoon.
午安。 午安。
ng5 on1.
Good afternoon.
Thank you very much.
非常感謝。 非常感謝。
fei1 soeng4 gam2 ze6.
Thank you very much.
Congratulations!
恭喜。 恭喜。
gung1 hei2.
Congratulations!
I'm sorry.
對唔住。 對唔住。
deoi3 m4 zyu6.
I'm sorry.
What's your name?
你叫咩名? 你叫咩名?
nei5 giu3 me1 meng2?
What's your name?
Where are you from?
你邊度嚟㗎? 你邊度嚟㗎?
nei5 bin1 dou6 lei4 gaa3?
Where are you from?
Where is the bathroom?
廁所喺邊? 廁所喺邊?
ci3 so2 hai2 bin1?
Where is the bathroom?
Good night.
早抖。 早抖。
zou2 tau2.
Good night.
Yes.
係。 係。
hai6
Yes.
Please.
唔該。 唔該。
m4 goi1
Please.
I'm fine.
我好好。 我好好。
ngo5 hou2 hou2
I'm fine.
Excuse me.
唔好意思。 唔好意思。
m4 hou2 ji3 si1.
Excuse me.
You're welcome.
唔使客氣。 唔使客氣。
m4 sai2 haak3 hei3.
You're welcome.
Nice to meet you.
好開心識到你。 好開心識到你。
hou2 hoi1 sam1 sik1 dou2 nei5.
Nice to meet you.
No.
唔係。 唔係。
m4 hai6
No.
May I sit here?
我可唔可以坐呢度? 我可唔可以坐呢度?
ngo5 ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 co2 ni1 dou6?
May I sit here?
I'm (name).
我係... 我係...
ngo5 hai6...
I'm (name).
Hi.
嗨。 嗨。
hei1
Hi.
Thank you very much.
多謝晒。 多謝晒。
do1 ze6 saai3
Thank you very much.
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CantoneseClass101.comVerified
Monday at 3:31 pm
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Hey listeners! What phrases would you add to our list? Write them down here!


P.S. Learn even more useful and unique Cantonese vocab and phrases: https://www.cantoneseclass101.com/cantonese-vocabulary-lists/

CantoneseClass101.comVerified
Saturday at 4:05 pm
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Hello Preston,


Thank you for your questions and advice about adding the direction vocab.

If you are interested in learning more about the direction vocabularies, you may like to check out the following links.

Directions in Cantonese

https://www.cantoneseclass101.com/lesson/survival-phrases-31-directions-in-cantonese/

Asking Directions

https://www.cantoneseclass101.com/lesson/3minute-cantonese-16-asking-directions/


你好嗎?(nei5 hou2 maa3?) ~ How are you?

我好好/ 我幾好。(ngo5 hou2 hou2 / ngo5 gei2 hou2.) ~ I am fine.

多謝。(do1 ze6.) ~ Thank you.

你呢?(nei5 ne1?) ~ How about you?

對唔住。(deoi3 m4 zyu6.) ~ Sorry.


Siuling

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Preston
Sunday at 5:17 pm
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Hi there, could you please add phrases for giving directions, like, go straight, left or right.

How are you in cantonese is lei ho ma,

I’m fine is ngo ho ho

Thank you is deio m zyu

And how about you is lei li

Is these correct or no

Cantoneseclass@101.com
Sunday at 11:43 am
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Hello Simon Fraser,


Thank you for your comment and letting us knowing that you are interested in the spoken form.


I really like the Survival Phrases Lesson because it provides lot of useful daily conversation in spoken form. ?

https://www.cantoneseclass101.com/category/survival-phrases/


Siuling

Team CantoneseClass101.com

Simon Fraser
Tuesday at 1:59 pm
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I've just seen the other comments. I'm also only interested in the spoken forms

Simon Fraser
Tuesday at 1:57 pm
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Good vocab but a lot of these phrases are very different from the standard ones I have been learning.

Cantoneseclass@101.com
Sunday at 10:31 am
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Hello Alison,


Thank you so much for your time and great advice. We have started adding the label of written form or spoken form in some of the lessons. Appreciate so much for sharing your opinion which is so valuable for improving the lesson.

The Movies of Stephen Chow (spoken form)

https://www.cantoneseclass101.com/lesson/advanced-audio-blog-4-the-movies-of-stephen-chow/


好多謝你!(hou2 do1 ze6 nei5!)~ Thank you so much!


Siuling

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Alison
Saturday at 1:22 am
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I agree with other comments that this list is very confusing. It's called "Cantonese Key Phrases" but really it's standard Chinese with the only Cantonese aspect being the pronunciations of the characters given in jyutping. Perhaps this list could be renamed so that it makes it clear that this is written Chinese, and a Cantonese equivalent list could be created? This is really too confusing for beginners, especially as "Key Phrases" is something that beginners would be especially drawn to.


I can already read and write all these phrases in Chinese since I have basic Mandarin so unfortunately this list is of really limited use; I was hoping to find the Cantonese equivalents. I actually have the Cantonese Word Power app as well and it has the same problem in that it doesn't differentiate between what is standard Chinese as opposed to Cantonese.


I listen to a lot of your podcasts and I find them and the accompanying lesson notes great for learning Cantonese. If you could improve this aspect of your vocabulary lists that would be really fantastic.

Cantoneseclass@101.com
Sunday at 5:22 pm
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Hello 林培明,


Thank you so much for your advice and comment.

You are right that lots of time Hong Kong people use 佢( keoi5) instead of 他(taa1), 係(hai6) instead of 是(si6 ) in daily conversation or colloquial expression. We also consider some people especially the Mandarin speakers would like to learn the written Cantonese which is still commonly used in the news article, written notice, research article, poster, instruction menu or pamphlet, etc. This is for giving the learner more exposure to both spoken and written form of Cantonese.


Thank you so much for your advice. We have started adding the indication of spoken or written form in some of the lessons. For example the lesson “The Movies of Stephen Chow (spoken form)”.

https://www.cantoneseclass101.com/2010/07/28/advanced-audio-blog-4-the-movies-of-stephen-chow/


If you want to focus on learning the conversational Cantonese first, you may want to check out the Survival Phrases Lessons in Cantoneseclass101.com. Or some newly updated you tube lessons. The Lessons cover lots of essential phrases for traveling, visiting and sightseeing.


Survival Phrases

https://www.cantoneseclass101.com/2010/06/05/survival-phrases-1-thank-you/


Learn the Top 10 Things to Do in the Summer in Hong Kong

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9PPUEspwD0


Hope you will like the lessons. ?

Appreciated so much for your great help and advice which is so valuable for improving the lesson.


Siuling

Team CantoneseClass101.com

Robert
Saturday at 8:15 pm
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I think it's a horrible idea to introduce these written forms to a beginner. When you set out to learn a new language you would be expecting to learn what is spoken between people and not literary forms. Undertaking to learn a language is a big endeavour and already demanding enough without adding another set of corresponding words. That's not to say that the written language is irrelevant, just that it isn't appropriate for beginners. There will come a time when not learning the written forms is a hindrance to further progress, written content is a large reservoir of input and contains vocabulary that can be used in both written and spoken Cantonese.

林培明
Wednesday at 10:57 pm
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Nobody in Hong Kong speaks this way -- or am I mistaken?


And Jackie is absolutely right.


And Cantonese 101 acknowledges that our teaching and our list "will sound weird being said in normal conversation."


Dear Cantonese 101 -- you cannot exist this way -- you are undermining Cantonese language by misleading beginners to incorrectly speak using written Mandarin forms.


Please edit your website to correct or delete everything that Cantonese 101 acknowledges that our teaching and our list "will sound weird being said in normal conversation."




你叫什麼名字?

nei5 giu3 sam6 mo1 ming4 zi6


What's your name?


你叫咩名啊?

nei5 giu3 sam6 mo1 ming4 zi6


What's your name?


我的名字是彼得。你叫什麼名字?

ngo5 dik1 ming4 zi6 si6 bei2 dak1 nei5 giu3 sam6 mo1 ming4 zi6

THEY SAY 我(嘅)名字係彼得。你叫咩名啊?

My name is Peter. What's your name?


是的。

si6 dik1

THEY SAY 係呀


Yes.


廁所在哪裡?

ci3 so2 zoi6 naa5 leoi5?

NOT 在這裡 THEY SAY 喺邊/喺邊度


Where is the bathroom?



我可以坐在這裡嗎?

ngo5 ho2 ji5 zo6 zoi6 ze2 leoi5 maa3?


NOT 在這裡 THEY SAY 喺呢度/喺度


May I sit here?




我是(名字)。

ngo5 si6 (ming4 zi6).


THEY SAY 我係