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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Cantonese Season 1, Lesson 22 - Ordering at a Restaurant. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to order at a restaurant or coffee shop in Cantonese.
Body
Eric: First we’ll see how to say 'Can I see the menu?' in Cantonese.
Olivia: [Normal] 可唔可以睇吓個餐牌?(ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 tai2 haa5 go3 caan1 paai2)
Eric: First is a phrase meaning ‘can or cannot'
Olivia: [Normal] 可唔可以 [Slow] 可唔可以 (ho2 m4 ho2 ji5)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'to take a look'
Olivia: [Normal] 睇吓 [Slow] 睇吓(tai2 haa5)
Eric: Next is a measure word.
Olivia: [Normal] 個 [Slow] 個(go3)
Eric: Last is the noun meaning 'menu'
Olivia: [Normal] 餐牌 [Slow] 餐牌(caan1 paai2)
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'Can I see the menu?'
Olivia: [Slow] 可唔可以睇吓個餐牌? [Normal] 可唔可以睇吓個餐牌? (ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 tai2 haa5 go3 caan1 paai2)
Eric: Ok, now let's see the way to say 'What do you recommend?'
Olivia: [Normal] 你有乜嘢推介?(nei5 jau5 mat1 je5 teoi1 gaai3)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning 'You'
Olivia: [Normal] 你 [Slow] 你 (nei5)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'to have'
Olivia: [Normal] 有 [Slow] 有(jau5)
Eric: Next is the pronoun meaning 'what'
Olivia: [Normal] 乜 [Slow] 乜(mat1)
Eric: Next is the noun meaning 'thing'
Olivia: [Normal] 嘢 [Slow] 嘢(je5)
Eric: Last is the verb meaning 'to recommend'
Olivia: [Normal] 推介 [Slow] 推介(teoi1 gaai3)
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'What do you recommend?'
Olivia: [Slow] 你有乜嘢推介? [Normal] 你有乜嘢推介?(nei5 jau5 mat1 je5 teoi1 gaai3)
Eric: Next, we have the way to say 'A coffee for me.'
Olivia: [Normal] 俾杯咖啡我。(bei2 bui1 gaa3 fe1 ngo5)
Eric: First is a verb meaning 'to give'
Olivia: [Normal] 俾 [Slow] 俾(bei2)
Eric: Next is the measure word meaning ‘glass’ or ‘a cup of’
Olivia: [Normal] 杯 [Slow] 杯(bui1)
Eric: Next is the noun meaning 'coffee'
Olivia: [Normal] 咖啡 [Slow] 咖啡(gaa3 fe1)
Eric: Last is the pronoun meaning 'me’
Olivia: [Normal] 我 [Slow] 我(ngo5)
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'A coffee for me.'
Olivia: [Slow] 俾杯咖啡我。 [Normal] 俾杯咖啡我。(bei2 bui1 gaa3 fe1 ngo5)
Eric: Finally, we have a way to say 'I’d like a coffee.'
Olivia: [Normal] 我想要杯咖啡。(ngo5 soeng2 jiu3 bui1 gaa3 fe1)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning 'I'
Olivia: [Normal] 我 [Slow] 我(ngo5)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'would like to’ or ’want to’
Olivia: [Normal] 想要 [Slow] 想要(soeng2 jiu3)
Eric: Next is the word meaning ‘glass’ or ‘a cup of’
Olivia: [Normal] 杯 [Slow] 杯(bui1 )
Eric: Last is the noun meaning 'coffee'
Olivia: [Normal] 咖啡 [Slow] 咖啡(gaa3 fe1)
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'I’d like a coffee.'
Olivia: [Slow] 我想要杯咖啡。 [Normal] 我想要杯咖啡。(ngo5 soeng2 jiu3 bui1 gaa3 fe1)
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Olivia: You can find a lot of international coffee brands in Hong Kong easily, for example, Starbucks. You can also find nice local restaurants, especially in Causeway Bay on Hong Kong island. If you’re in Hong Kong, try some coffee at a local coffee restaurant. Or the unique HK-style coffee milk tea!

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 06:30 PM
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Hi Listeners, what would you like order?

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Sunday at 03:51 PM
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Hello Aaron,


Thank you for your question.


唔該,我想要呢個同埋嗰個。

m4 goi1, ngo5 soeng2 jiu3 ni1 go3 tung4 maai4 go2 go3.

Could I get one of ___ AND one of ___ please.


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Aaron
Friday at 10:55 PM
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Hi, what's the best way to order multiple items? e.g. Could I get one of ___ AND one of ___ please.

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Wednesday at 05:09 AM
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Hello Vincent,


唔該畀個餐牌我睇睇。

m4 goi1 bei2 go3 caan1 paai2 ngo5 tai2 tai2.

I would like to take a look at the menu, please.

睇睇(tai2 tai2) ~ have a look, take a look

睇(tai2) ~ look


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Vincent
Monday at 07:54 AM
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Why is "tai2 tai2"睇睇 repeated in the vocabulary word for "cann1 paai2: menu" ("m4 goi1 bei2 go3 caan1 paai2 ngo5 tai2 tai2. I would like to take a look at the menu, please.") Does the sentence have a different meaning if "tai2"睇 is said just once? Thank you!

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Monday at 06:51 AM
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Hello Steven,


In Cantonese we use 甜品 instead of 甜點 especially in colloquial usage.


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Sunday at 02:49 PM
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Hi Winnie,


Menu can be 餐牌 (cann1 paai2) or 菜單 (coi3 daan1) . :smile:


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Winnie
Tuesday at 05:48 PM
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isnt menu = choy tan?