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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Cantonese Season 1, Lesson 11 - How to Talk About Prices. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to talk about prices in Cantonese.
Body
Eric: Here's the informal way to say 'One dollar.' in Cantonese. The currency in Hong Kong is the Hong Kong dollar.
Olivia: [Normal] 一蚊(jat1 man1)
Eric: First is the number 'One'
Olivia: [Normal] 一 [Slow] 一 (jat1)
Eric: Last is the noun meaning 'dollar'
Olivia: [Normal] 蚊 [Slow] 蚊(man1)
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'One dollar.'
Olivia: [Slow] 一蚊 [Normal] 一蚊(jat1 man1)
Eric: Ok, now let's take a look at the way to say 'Ten dollars.'
Olivia: [Normal] 十蚊。(sap6 man1)
Eric: First is the number 'Ten'
Olivia: [Normal] 十 [Slow] 十 (sap6)
Eric: Last is the noun meaning 'dollar'
Olivia: [Normal] 蚊 [Slow] 蚊(man1)
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'Ten dollars.'
Olivia: [Slow] 十蚊。 [Normal] 十蚊。(sap6 man1)
Eric: Next up is the way to say 'Fifty-five and ten cents.'
Olivia: [Normal] 五十五個一。(ng5 sap6 ng5 go3 jat1)
Eric: First is the number 'Fifty'
Olivia: [Normal] 五十 [Slow] 五十(ng5 sap6)
Eric: Next is the number 'five'
Olivia: [Normal] 五 [Slow] 五(ng5)
Eric: Next is the measure word.
Olivia: [Normal] 個 [Slow] 個(go3)
Eric: Last is the number 'one'
Olivia: [Normal] 一 [Slow] 一(jat1)
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'Fifty-five and ten cents.'
Olivia: [Slow] 五十五個一。 [Normal] 五十五個一。(ng5 sap6 ng5 go3 jat1)
Eric: Finally, we have a way to say 'Twenty-six dollars and seventy cents.'
Olivia: [Normal] 二十六個七。(ji6 sap6 luk6 go3 cat1)
Eric: First is the number 'Twenty'
Olivia: [Normal] 二十 [Slow] 二十(ji6 sap6)
Eric: Next is the number 'six'
Olivia: [Normal] 六 [Slow] 六(luk6)
Eric: Next is the measure word.
Olivia: [Normal] 個 [Slow] 個(go3)
Eric: Last is the number 'seven'
Olivia: [Normal] 七 [Slow] 七(cat1)
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'Twenty-six dollars and seventy cents.'
Olivia: [Slow] 二十六個七。 [Normal] 二十六個七。(ji6 sap6 luk6 go3 cat1)
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Olivia: The measure word 件(gin3) generally covers all tops and jackets. For clothing that you wear on your lower body, like pants, dresses, or leggings, the appropriate measure word is 條 (tiu4), as in yat1 tiu4 kwan4 for “one dress”
For anything that comes in a pair, like shoes and gloves, we use 對(deoi3) as in 一對鞋(jat1 deoi3 haai4), meaning “one pair of shoes”
Note that in Cantonese, pants and leggings are not considered a pair!

Outro

Eric: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!
Olivia: 拜拜! (baai1 baai3)

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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How well do you know your numbers in Cantonese? Practice writing quantities in the comments.

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Hi Steven,


1 2 3 4 一二三四 :thumbsup:


Learning number is the good start to talk about price.


Siuling

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