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Hi, everybody! Olivia here. Welcome to Ask a Teacher, where I’ll answer some of your most common Cantonese questions.
The Question
The question for this lesson is: How do I know when to use m4 goi1, and when to use do1 ze6?
唔該 (m4 goi1) and 多謝 (do1 ze6) both mean "Thank you" in Cantonese, but we use them in different scenarios to show gratification.
First, let's see when we use 唔該 (m4 goi1).
When thanking someone for a service or assistance, we say m4 goi1. In the Cantonese language, 唔該 (m4 goi1) has a few meanings. We most commonly use this to mean "Thanks" in a casual way. We can also use it to mean "please" or "excuse me," where it’s commonly used to get someone's attention especially in a restaurant or shopping setting. For example, "This one, please." 呢個,唔該 (ni1 go3, m4 goi1).
So, when do we use 多謝 (do1 ze6)?
We use 多謝 (do1 ze6) when receiving a gift or money. Remember that do1 ze6 expresses a deeper appreciation of personal kindness, and is used in most formal situations.
When saying "thank you very much" you just need to add 晒(saai3). 唔該晒(m4 goi1 saai3) or 多謝晒(do1 ze6 saai3) is like saying "Thank you very much."
Finally, how do you answer when you are thanked? You can say 唔使客氣 (m4 sai2 haak3 hei3). This literally means “no need to be polite,” but it is the equivalent of "you are welcome."


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