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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Cantonese Season 1, Lesson 25 - On the Phone. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to understand basic phone vocabulary in Cantonese.
Body
Eric: First, we’ll learn how to say 'Hello' to answer the phone in Cantonese.
Olivia: [Normal] 喂。(wai2)
Eric: This expression has only one word meaning 'Hello.’ It is only used when answering the phone.
Olivia: [Normal] 喂。 [Slow] 喂。 (wai2)
Eric: Listen again to the word meaning 'Hello’ on the phone.
Olivia: [Slow] 喂。 [Normal] 喂。(wai2)
Eric: Ok, now let's take a look at the way to say 'This is Olivia.’
Olivia: [Normal] 我係Olivia.(ngo5 hai6 Olivia.)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning 'I'
Olivia: [Normal] 我 [Slow] 我 (ngo5)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'am’
Olivia: [Normal] 係 [Slow] 係(hai6)
Eric: Last is the person’s name, Olivia.
Olivia: [Normal] Olivia [Slow] Olivia
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'This is Olivia.’
Olivia: [Slow] 我係Olivia. [Normal] 我係Olivia. (ngo5 hai6 Olivia.)
Eric: Next we have the way to say 'May I talk to Mr. Wong?’
Olivia: [Normal] 我想搵黃生。(ngo5 soeng2 wan2 wong4 saang1)
Eric: First is a word meaning 'I'
Olivia: [Normal] 我 [Slow] 我(ngo5)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'to want to look for'
Olivia: [Normal] 想搵 [Slow] 想搵(soeng2 wan2)
Eric: Last is the person’s name 'Mr. Wong'
Olivia: [Normal] 黃生 [Slow] 黃生(wong4 saang1)
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'May I talk to Mr. Wong?'
Olivia: [Slow] 我想搵黃生。 [Normal] 我想搵黃生。(ngo5 soeng2 wan2 wong4 saang1)
Eric: Finally, we have a way to say 'I'll call again later.'
Olivia: [Normal] 我遲啲再打嚟啦!(ngo5 ci4 di1 zoi3 daa2 lei4 laa1)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning 'I'
Olivia: [Normal] 我 [Slow] 我(ngo5)
Eric: Next is the adverb meaning 'a little bit late'
Olivia: [Normal] 遲啲 [Slow] 遲啲(ci4 di1)
Eric: Next is the adverb meaning 'again'
Olivia: [Normal] 再 [Slow] 再(zoi3)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'to dial'
Olivia: [Normal] 打嚟 [Slow] 打嚟(daa2 lei4)
Eric: Last is the final particle used in imperatives.
Olivia: [Normal] 啦 [Slow] 啦(laa1)
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'I'll call again later.'
Olivia: [Slow] 我遲啲再打嚟啦! [Normal] 我遲啲再打嚟啦!(ngo5 ci4 di1 zoi3 daa2 lei4 laa1)
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Olivia: Landline telephone numbers in Hong Kong start with the number 2 and are mostly 8-digit numbers, for example, 2540-6110. There is no area code in Hong Kong. The country code 852 has remained in use since 1997 after China re-took control of Hong Kong. The telephone number for emergency services such as Police, Fire Service and Ambulance is 999.

Outro

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

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Let's practice here! Who would you like talk on the phone?

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Hi Steven,


In Cantonese should be 阿姨。


Siuling

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