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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Cantonese Season 1, Lesson 20 - Talking About Your Likes. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask and talk about your likes in Cantonese.
Body
Eric: First, we’ll learn how to ask 'Do you like chocolate?' in Cantonese.
Olivia: [Normal] 你鍾唔鍾意朱古力?(nei5 zung1 m4 zung1 ji3 zyu1 gu1 lik1)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning 'You'
Olivia: [Normal] 你 [Slow] 你 (nei5)
Eric: Next is the verb phrase meaning 'like or do not like'
Olivia: [Normal] 鍾唔鍾意 [Slow] 鍾唔鍾意(zung1 m4 zung1 ji3)
Eric: Last is the noun meaning 'chocolate'
Olivia: [Normal] 朱古力 [Slow] 朱古力(zyu1 gu1 lik1)
Eric: Listen again to the question meaning 'Do you like chocolate?'
Olivia: [Slow] 你鍾唔鍾意朱古力? [Normal] 你鍾唔鍾意朱古力?(nei5 zung1 m4 zung1 ji3 zyu1 gu1 lik1)
Eric: Now, imagine you're speaking to a friend. Here's the way to ask, 'Do you like sweets?'
Olivia: [Normal] 你鍾唔鍾意甜品?(nei5 zung1 m4 zung1 ji3 tim4 ban2)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning 'You'
Olivia: [Normal] 你 [Slow] 你 (nei5)
Eric: Next is the verb phrase meaning 'like or do not like'
Olivia: [Normal] 鍾唔鍾意 [Slow] 鍾唔鍾意(zung1 m4 zung1 ji3)
Eric: Next is the noun meaning 'dessert’ or ‘sweets'
Olivia: [Normal] 甜品 [Slow] 甜品(tim4 ban2 )
Eric: Listen again to the question meaning 'Do you like sweets?'
Olivia: [Slow] 你鍾唔鍾意甜品? [Normal] 你鍾唔鍾意甜品?(nei5 zung1 m4 zung1 ji3 tim4 ban2)
Eric: Here's a response meaning 'Yes I like it.'
Olivia: [Normal] 鍾意呀! (zung1 ji3 aa3)
Eric: First is the verb meaning 'to like'
Olivia: [Normal] 鍾意 [Slow] 鍾意(zung1 ji3)
Eric: Next is the final particle.
Olivia: [Normal] 呀 [Slow] 呀(aa3)
Eric: Listen again to the response meaning 'Yes I like it.'
Olivia: [Slow] 鍾意呀! [Normal] 鍾意呀! (zung1 ji3 aa3)
Eric: Here's a response meaning, 'Yes I like all of them.'
Olivia: [Normal] 全部都鍾意呀! (cyun4 bou6 dou1 zung1 ji3 aa3)
Eric: First is a word for 'All' or ‘everything’
Olivia: [Normal] 全部 [Slow] 全部(cyun4 bou6)
Eric: Next is the adverb meaning 'also'
Olivia: [Normal] 都 [Slow] 都(dou1)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'to like'
Olivia: [Normal] 鍾意 [Slow] 鍾意(zung1 ji3 )
Eric: Next is the final particle.
Olivia: [Normal] 呀 [Slow] 呀(aa3)
Eric: Listen again to the response meaning 'Yes I like all of them.'
Olivia: [Slow] 全部都鍾意呀! [Normal] 全部都鍾意呀!(cyun4 bou6 dou1 zung1 ji3 aa3)
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Olivia: Although there’s another verb that means “to love”, 愛 (oi3), people from Hong Kong don’t use it, as it feels too direct. Instead, we use 鍾意 (zung1 ji3) meaning “to like.”

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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