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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Cantonese Season 1, Lesson 2 - Greetings. In this lesson, you’ll learn what to say to someone when you arrive and when you leave in Cantonese.
Body
Eric: Here's the informal way to say 'Hi' in Cantonese.
Olivia: [Normal] 哈囉。(ha1 lo3)
Eric: This expression has only one word, meaning 'Hi'
Olivia: [Normal] 哈囉 [Slow] 哈囉 (ha1 lo3)
Eric: Listen again to the informal word meaning 'Hi.'
Olivia: [Slow] 哈囉。 [Normal] 哈囉。(ha1 lo3
Eric: Ok, now let's see the formal way to say 'Good day.'
Olivia: [Normal] 你好。(nei5 hou2)
Eric: First we have a pronoun meaning 'you'
Olivia: [Normal] 你 [Slow] 你 (nei5)
Eric: Last is the adjective meaning ‘good'
Olivia: [Normal] 好 [Slow] 好(hou2)
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning 'Good day.'
Olivia: [Slow] 你好。 [Normal] 你好。(nei5 hou2)
Eric: Next let’s look at the informal way to say 'See you.'
Olivia: [Normal] 拜拜。(baai1 baai3)
Eric: This expression has only one word, meaning ‘See you.’
Olivia: [Normal] 拜拜 [Slow] 拜拜(baai1 baai3)
Eric: Listen again to the informal way to say 'See you.'
Olivia: [Slow] 拜拜。 [Normal] 拜拜。(baai1 baai3)
Eric: Finally we have the way to say ‘See you later.'
Olivia: [Normal] 遲啲見。(ci4 di1 gin3)
Eric: First is an adverb meaning 'later'
Olivia: [Normal] 遲啲 [Slow] 遲啲(ci4 di1)
Eric: Last is the verb meaning 'to see'
Olivia: [Normal] 見 [Slow] 見(gin3)
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning ‘See you later.'
Olivia: [Slow] 遲啲見。 [Normal] 遲啲見。(ci4 di1 gin3)
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Olivia: In formal situations, Cantonese speakers commonly greet each other by shaking hands. But if we meet someone with whom we are very close, we may sometimes pat each other on the arm or on the back.

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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CantoneseClass101.com
Monday at 6:30 pm
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Did you already know any of these greetings?

CantoneseClass101.com
Friday at 2:11 pm
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Hi Jaswin Lao Orbe,


You are welcome. 😉 In this situation, you should say 唔該(m4 goi1). 👍

In case you want to know more details about the difference between 唔該(m4 goi1) and 多謝(do1 ze6), below is the related lesson which provides the explanation. 😉

https://www.cantoneseclass101.com/lesson/survival-phrases-1-thank-you/


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Jaswin Lao Orbe
Thursday at 7:42 pm
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Hi Ada,


Thanks for the reply! :) or should I say do1 ze6 saai3 Ada for your reply. I'm not sure though if I correctly applied the do1 ze6 saai3 there 😅 but anyway, thanks again. Haa6 ci3 gin3 :)

CantoneseClass101.com
Tuesday at 2:41 pm
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Hi Jaswin Lao Orbe,


Thanks for your question!

Then you can say,

下次見 (haa6 ci3 gin3) ~ See you next time. 😉


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JASWIN LAO ORBE
Monday at 5:04 pm
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Hi Cantoneseclass101.com,


If ci4 di1 gin3 means see you later, how do I say until next time in Cantonese?


Thanks,

Jaswin Lao Orbe

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Thursday at 2:32 am
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Hello Steven,


This is the pronunciation of 妳好(nei5 hou2) in Cantonese.


Siuling

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