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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Cantonese Season 1, Lesson 15 - Where Are You Going? In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask where someone is going in Cantonese.
Body
Eric: Here's the informal way to ask 'Where are you going?' in Cantonese.
Olivia: [Normal] 你去邊呀?(nei5 heoi3 bin1 aa3)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning 'You'
Olivia: [Normal] 你 [Slow] 你 (nei5)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'to go '
Olivia: [Normal] 去 [Slow] 去(heoi3)
Eric: Next is the adverb meaning 'where'
Olivia: [Normal] 邊 [Slow] 邊 (bin1 )
Eric: Last is the final particle.
Olivia: [Normal] 呀 [Slow] 呀(aa3)
Eric: Listen again to the informal question meaning 'Where are you going?'
Olivia: [Slow] 你去邊呀? [Normal] 你去邊呀?(nei5 heoi3 bin1 aa3)
Eric: Now, imagine you're speaking to a stranger. Here's the formal way to ask, 'Where are you going?'
Olivia: [Normal] 你去邊度呀?(nei5 heoi3 bin1 dou6 aa3)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning 'You'
Olivia: [Normal] 你 [Slow] 你 (nei5)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'to go'
Olivia: [Normal] 去 [Slow] 去(heoi3)
Eric: Next is the pronoun meaning 'where'
Olivia: [Normal] 邊度 [Slow] 邊度(bin1 dou6)
Eric: Last is the final particle.
Olivia: [Normal] 呀 [Slow] 呀(aa3)
Eric: Listen again to the formal question meaning 'Where are you going?'
Olivia: [Slow] 你去邊度呀? [Normal] 你去邊度呀?(nei5 heoi3 bin1 dou6 aa3)
Eric: Here's a response meaning 'I'm going to the supermarket.'
Olivia: [Normal] 我去超級巿場。(ngo5 heoi3 ciu1 kap1 si3 coeng4)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning 'I'
Olivia: [Normal] 我 [Slow] 我(ngo5)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'to go'
Olivia: [Normal] 去 [Slow] 去(heoi3)
Eric: Next is the adjective meaning 'super'
Olivia: [Normal] 超級 [Slow] 超級(ciu1 kap1)
Eric: Last is the noun meaning 'market'
Olivia: [Normal] 市場 [Slow] 市場(si3 coeng4)
Eric: Listen again to the response meaning 'I'm going to the supermarket.'
Olivia: [Slow] 我去超級巿場。 [Normal] 我去超級巿場。(ngo5 heoi3 ciu1 kap1 si3 coeng4)
Eric: Here's a response meaning, 'I'm going to work.'
Olivia: [Normal] 我去返工。(ngo5 heoi3 faan1 gung1)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning 'I'
Olivia: [Normal] 我 [Slow] 我(ngo5)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'to go'
Olivia: [Normal] 去 [Slow] 去(heoi3)
Eric: Last is the verb meaning 'to work'
Olivia: [Normal] 返工 [Slow] 返工(faan1 gung1)
Eric: Listen again to the response meaning 'I'm going to work.'
Olivia: [Slow] 我去返工。 [Normal] 我去返工。(ngo5 heoi3 faan1 gung1)
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Olivia: Let’s imagine your friend asks you "Where are you going?", and you want to invite him or her to go with you. You can say 你去唔去?(nei5 heoi3 m4 heoi3?) which literally means “are you going?” or “would you like to go together?” Once again, 你去唔去?(nei5 heoi3 m4 heoi3?)

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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Let's practice - Where are you going this weekend?

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Hi Steven,


Hong Kong is a good place to go. :thumbsup:


Siuling

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