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Hi, guys! Welcome back to Cantonese Top Words. Today we're going to talk about “10 Lines You Need for Introducing Yourself”. My name is… I’m how old… Whatever, let’s start!
1. 我個名係... (ngo5 go3 meng2 hai6) "My name is..."
我個名係Olivia。 (ngo5 go3 meng2 hai6 Olivia.) "My name is Olivia."
我個名係Superman. (ngo5 go3 meng2 hai6 Superman.) "My name is Superman."
Or you can say 我係... (ngo5 hai6…), that means “I am…”, so 我係Olivia。 (ngo5 hai6 Olivia.) "I am Olivia."
Or “I’m called…”, 我叫Olivia。 (ngo5 giu3 Olivia.) "I'm (called) Olivia."
Please practice and introduce yourself in the comment section!
2. 我嚟自... (ngo5 lei4 zi6…) "I come from..."
我嚟自香港。 (ngo5 lei4 zi6 gaa1 hoeng1 gong2.) "I come from Hong Kong."
我嚟自加拿大。 (ngo5 lei4 zi6 gaa1 naa4 daai6.) "I come from Canada."
我嚟自火星。 (ngo5 lei4 zi6 fo2 sing1.) "I come from Mars."
3. 我住喺... (ngo5 zyu6 hai2 tung4 lo4 waan1) "I live in..."
我住喺... (ngo5 zyu6 hai2 tung4 lo4 waan1) is literally ”I live in..."
我住喺銅鑼灣。 (ngo5 zyu6 hai2 tung4 lo4 waan1.) "I live in Causeway Bay."
That’s a district in Hong Kong.
我住喺柏林。 (ngo5 zyu6 hai2 paak3 lam4.) "I live in Berlin."
我住喺巴西。 (ngo5 zyu6 hai2 baa1 sai1.) "I live in Brazil."
Or you can just put the place, 我住喺山窿。 (ngo5 zyu6 hai2 saan1 lung1) "I live in a cave."
I’m a caveman!
4. 我學咗廣東話一年。 (ngo5 hok6 zo2 gwong2 dung1 waa2 jat1 nin4) "I have been learning Cantonese for one year."
Or some people who are really fluent, and you ask “how long have you been studying Cantonese?” Maybe they’ll say 我學咗廣東話十年。 Ten years! 十年 (sap6 nin4)!
5. 我喺CantoneseClass101.com學廣東話。 (ngo5 hai2 CantoneseClass101.com hok6 gwong2 dung1 waa2) "I learn Cantonese at CantoneseClass101.com."
Where else? Or you’re watching our Youtube videos, then you can tell people 我喺Youtube學廣東話。 (ngo5 hai2 Youtube hok6 gwong2 dung1 waa2.) "I learn Cantonese on Youtube."
6. 我二十六歲。 (ngo5 ji6 sap6 luk6 seoi3) "I'm 26 years old."
"I'm 12 years old." 我十二歲。 (ngo5 sap6 ji6 seoi3.)
Some kids might come up to tell you 我三歲。 (ngo5 saam1 seoi3.) "I'm 3 years old."
Usually people do this.
7. 我係一個教師。 (ngo5 hai6 jat1 go3 gaau3 si1) "I'm a teacher."
Now you tell people your occupation, or what you do for living.
我係一個教師。 (ngo5 hai6 jat1 go3 gaau3 si1) "I'm a teacher."
教師 (gaau3 si1) is “teacher”
我係一個消防員。 (ngo5 hai6 jat1 go3 siu1 fong4 jyun4.) "I'm a firefighter."
我係一個醫生。 (ngo5 hai6 jat1 go3 ji1 sang1.) "I'm a doctor."
What are you? What do you do? Tell us!
8. 我其中一個嗜好係跳舞。 (ngo5 kei4 zung1 jat1 go3 si3 hou3 hai6 tiu3 mou5) "One of my hobbies is to dance."
我其中一個嗜好係跳舞。 (ngo5 kei4 zung1 jat1 go3 si3 hou3 hai6 tiu3 mou5) I don’t know
9. 我鍾意聽音樂。 (ngo5 zung1 ji3 teng1 jam1 ngok6) "I enjoy listening to music."
音樂 (jam1 ngok6) is “music”. What’s your favorite type of music?
You start with 我鍾意… (ngo5 zung1 ji3…), it’s like “I like…”
You can say 我鍾意去旅行。 (ngo5 zung1 ji3 heoi3 leoi5 hang4.) "I enjoy traveling."
去旅行 (heoi3 leoi5 hang4) is “traveling”.
And you can say 我鍾意學廣東話 (ngo5 zung1 ji3 hok6 gwong2 dung1 waa2) "I enjoy learning Cantonese” with me, Olivia!
10. 好高興認識你。 (hou2 gou1 hing3 jing6 sik1 nei5) "Nice to meet you."
好高興認識你。 (hou2 gou1 hing3 jing6 sik1 nei5) is a bit formal.
好高興 (hou2 gou1 hing3) means “very happy”; 認識你 (jing6 sik1 nei5) is “to meet you, to make your acquaintance”. If it’s a more casual situation, you can say
好開心識到你 (hou2 hoi1 sam1 sik1 dou2 nei5).
好開心 (hou2 hoi1 sam1) is “very happy”; 識到你 (sik1 dou2 nei5) “to know you”.
So it’s “I’m happy to have known you”, 好開心識到你 (hou2 hoi1 sam1 sik1 dou2 nei5).
So that's it for today! Those are the “10 Lines You Need for Introducing Yourself”. please check out the wordlist from CantoneseClass101.com, and introduce yourself with Cantonese, and write it in the comments. Subscribe so you can see more of our videos, I’ll see you next time. I’m Olivia, 我係Olivia (ngo5 hai6 Olivia). 下次見 (haa6 ci3 gin3), See you next time! Bye!