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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Cantonese Season 1, Lesson 6 - Refusing Politely. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to politely refuse an invitation in Cantonese.
Body
Eric: Here's the informal way to say 'No, thank you.' in Cantonese.
Olivia: [Normal] 唔使喇,唔該。(m4 sai2 laa3, m4 goi1)
Eric: First is a word meaning 'No'
Olivia: [Normal] 唔使 [Slow] 唔使 (m4 sai2)
Eric: Next is the final particle.
Olivia: [Normal] 喇 [Slow] 喇(laa3)
Eric: Last is the phrase meaning 'thank you'
Olivia: [Normal] 唔該 [Slow] 唔該(m4 goi1)
Eric: Listen again to the informal phrase meaning 'No, thank you.'
Olivia: [Slow] 唔使喇,唔該。 [Normal] 唔使喇,唔該。(m4 sai2 laa3, m4 goi1)
Eric: Ok, now let's take a look at the formal way to say 'No, thank you.'
Olivia: [Normal] 唔要喇,多謝。(m4 jiu3 laa3, do1 ze6.)
Eric: First is an adverb meaning 'not'
Olivia: [Normal] 唔 [Slow] 唔 (m4)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'need'
Olivia: [Normal] 要 [Slow] 要(jiu3)
Eric: Next is the final particle.
Olivia: [Normal] 喇 [Slow] 喇(laa3)
Eric: Next is the adjective meaning 'many'
Olivia: [Normal] 多 [Slow] 多(do1)
Eric: Last is the noun meaning 'thanks’
Olivia: [Normal] 謝 [Slow] 謝(ze6)
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning 'No, thank you.'
Olivia: [Slow] 唔要喇,多謝。 [Normal] 唔要喇,多謝。(m4 jiu3 laa3, do1 ze6.)
Eric: Next up, we will look at the way to say 'Sorry, but I already have plans.'
Olivia: [Normal] 對唔住,但係我有嘢做。(deoi3 m4 zyu6, daan6 hai6 ngo5 jau5 je5 zou6)
Eric: First is a phrase meaning 'Sorry'
Olivia: [Normal] 對唔住 [Slow] 對唔住(deoi3 m4 zyu6)
Eric: Next is the conjunction meaning 'but'
Olivia: [Normal] 但係 [Slow] 但係(daan6 hai6)
Eric: Next is the pronoun meaning 'I'
Olivia: [Normal] 我 [Slow] 我(ngo5)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'have'
Olivia: [Normal] 有 [Slow] 有(jau5)
Eric: Last is the phrase meaning 'something to do'
Olivia: [Normal] 嘢做 [Slow] 嘢做(je5 zou6)
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning 'Sorry, but I already have plans.'
Olivia: [Slow] 對唔住,但係我有嘢做。 [Normal] 對唔住,但係我有嘢做。(deoi3 m4 zyu6, daan6 hai6 ngo5 jau5 je5 zou6)
Eric: Finally we have the way to say 'Sorry, I’m busy.'
Olivia: [Normal] 對唔住,我唔得閒。(deoi3 m4 zyu6, ngo5 m4 dak1 haan4.)
Eric: First is a phrase meaning 'Sorry '
Olivia: [Normal] 對唔住 [Slow] 對唔住(deoi3 m4 zyu6)
Eric: Next is the pronoun meaning 'I'
Olivia: [Normal] 我 [Slow] 我(ngo5)
Eric: Next is an adverb meaning 'not'
Olivia: [Normal] 唔 [Slow] 唔(m4)
Eric: Last is the adjective meaning 'free’ or ‘leisure'
Olivia: [Normal] 得閒 [Slow] 得閒(dak1 haan4)
Eric: Listen again to the informal phrase meaning 'Sorry, I’m busy.'
Olivia: [Slow] 對唔住,我唔得閒。 [Normal] 對唔住,我唔得閒。(deoi3 m4 zyu6, ngo5 m4 dak1 haan4.)
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Olivia: Sometimes in the streets in Hong Kong, people come up and ask you to take a poll, or listen to a campaign, or hand you a leaflet. In these cases, you can politely refuse them by saying 唔使喇, 唔該。(m4 sai2 laa3, m4 goi1), meaning ‘No, thank you.’

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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Hey Listeners! How would you refuse an invitation? Let's practice.

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Thursday at 01:34 AM
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Hi Danilo,


The words 但係 (daan5 hai5) is a typo. The correct tone should be 但係 (daan6 hai6).

Thank you so much for pointing out the typo. So sorry for that. :disappointed:



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Danilo
Thursday at 11:38 PM
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Some of the same words listed have different tones. Is tht intentional, or simply typo?


deoi3 m4 zyu6,daan5 hai5 ngo5 yau3 je3 jou5

deoi3 m4 zyu6,daan6 hai6 ngo5 m4 dak1 haan4