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Hi, guys! How are you? Welcome back to Cantonese Top Words. I’m Olivia and today, we are going to talk about how to respond to “How are you?” 你好嗎? (nei5 hou2 maa3?) So in this lesson, we’re going to see a bunch of the responses to “How are you?”. Here we go!
1. 你好嗎? (nei5 hou2 maa3?) “How are you?”
你 (nei5) is “you”, 好 (hou2) is “good or well”, so you well?
2. 你呢? (nei5 ne1?) “And you?”
你 (nei5) is “you”, so 呢 (ne1) is the question word, you and you?
3. 你最近點呀? (nei5 zeoi3 gan6 dim2 aa3?) “How have you been recently?”
最近 (zeoi3 gan6) is “recently or lately” so “How are you lately?” 你最近點呀? (nei5 zeoi3 gan6 dim2 aa3?)
點呀 (dim2 aa3) is like “how is it, how are you”.
4. 我好好。 (ngo5 hou2 hou2.) “I'm fine.”
I’m very good. 我好好。 (ngo5 hou2 hou2.)
5. 我幾好。 (ngo5 gei2 hou2.) “I'm not bad.”
I’m pretty good. 幾好 (gei2 hou2) is “pretty good”.
6. 我都幾好。 (ngo5 dou1 gei2 hou2.) “I'm fine too.”
I’m pretty good too. 都 (dou1) is “also or too” so I”m also well.
7. 我好眼瞓。 (ngo5 hou2 ngaan5 fan3.) “I'm sleepy.”
眼瞓 (ngaan5 fan3) is “sleepy”.
8. 我情緒好差。 (ngo5 cing4 seoi5 hou2 caa1.) “I'm feeling bad.”
我情緒好差。 (ngo5 cing4 seoi5 hou2 caa1.) “I'm feeling bad. / I’m feeling low.”
情緒 (cing4 seoi5) is like “my mindset”, 差 (caa1) is “bad”, 差 (caa1) “bad”
9. 我OK啦。 (ngo5 OK laa1.) “I'm okay.”
So just use OK, 我OK啦。 (ngo5 OK laa1.).
10. 多謝關心。 (do1 ze6 gwaan1 sam1.) “Thank you for asking.”
It’s like thank you for caring about me literally so 多謝關心。 (do1 ze6 gwaan1 sam1.).
I hope you guys are all feeling great after this lesson. So today, we talked about how to respond to “How are you?”. I hope you guys are all feeling terrific after this lesson. Please leave us a comment, subscribe and check out the worklist on CantoneseClass101.com and I’ll see you next time in other Cantonese videos. I’m Olivia. See you next time. Bye! 下次見 (haa6 ci3 gin3)!


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Thursday at 06:30 PM
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Which word or phrase do you like the most?

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Sunday at 09:00 PM
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Hello robert groulx,

You are very welcome. 😇

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Good luck with your language studies.

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robert groulx
Friday at 10:34 PM
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thanks for the lesson

my favorite phrase is 你最近點呀?


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Tuesday at 04:01 PM
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Hello Dany Tran,

Thanks for your question. 😁

情緒 (cing4 seoi5) ~ emotion, a more in-depth emotional status, shorter duration

Example: 情緒管理好重要 (cing4 seoi5 gun2 lei5 hou2 zung6 jiu3) ~ emotion management is important

心情 (sam1 cing4) ~ mood, very general feeling, longer duration

Example: 心情唔好要食朱古力 (sam1 cing4 m4 hou2 jiu3 sik6 zyu1 gu1 lik1) ~ should eat chocolate when in a bad mood


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Dany Tran
Monday at 06:59 AM
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what difference between 情緒 and 心情, and can you give me some example of how these two words are used? Thanks

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Wednesday at 03:26 PM
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Hello Vincent,

It's a good question! 😳

Here 不知 (bat1 zi1) is to emphasize the statement after that.

You can simply omit 不知 (bat1 zi1) in 我不知幾好 (ngo5 bat1 zi1 gei2 hou2), and it means also "I'm great". And here, 不知 (bat1 zi1) is more likely talking that the speaker is supposing the listener doesn't think/feel the same.

For example, 呢件蛋糕不知幾好食 (ni1 gin6 daan6 gou1 bat1 zi1 gei2 hou2 sik6) ~ this cake is very delicious. Giving the condition that the listener thinks it doesn't taste good, the speaker wants to show to the listener that it is rather delicious.


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Wednesday at 02:28 AM
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In the last vocabulary sentence (我不知幾好. ngo5 bat1 zi1 gei2 hou2. I'm great.), what does 不知 (bat1 zi1) mean there? I understand that 不 bat1 means "not" and 知 zi1 generally means "to know," but interpreting 不知 (bat1 zi1) as "not to know" would not appear to make sense there. Thank you for your anticipated, helpful explanation!.