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INTRODUCTION
Matt: Hi my name is Matt, and I’m joined here by...
Nicole: Hello everyone, I’m Nicole.
Matt: Welcome back to Basic Boot Camp. This five-part series will help you ease your way into Cantonese.
Nicole: We'll go over all the basics that will really help you understand Cantonese quicker and easier!
Matt: In this lesson, you will learn some helpful phrases.
Nicole: And these phrases are often used in the classroom.
DIALOGUE
...廣東話點講?
(...gwong2 dung1 waa2 dim2 gong2?)
“How do you say ... in Cantonese?”
唔該慢啲。
(m4 goi1 maan6 di1. )
“Please slow down a bit.”
唔該幫我寫低。
(m4 goi1 bong1 ngo5 se2 dai1.)
“Please write it down for me.”
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Matt: Now you will never be at a loss for words again.
Nicole: Yes.
Matt: So what exactly were all these words? Let’s break them down.
Matt: Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
VOCAB LIST
Nicole: 廣東話 (gwong2 dung1 waa2) [natural native speed]
Matt: Cantonese language
Nicole: 廣東話 (gwong2 dung1 waa2) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Nicole: 廣東話 (gwong2 dung1 waa2) [natural native speed]
Nicole: 點講 (dim2 gong2) [natural native speed]
Matt: how to say
Nicole: 點講 (dim2 gong2) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Nicole: 點講 (dim2 gong2) [natural native speed]
Nicole: 唔該 (m4 goi1) [natural native speed]
Matt: excuse me; please; thank you
Nicole: 唔該 (m4 goi1) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Nicole: 唔該 (m4 goi1) [natural native speed]
Nicole: 慢 (maan6) [natural native speed]
Matt: slow
Nicole: 慢 (maan6) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Nicole: 慢 (maan6) [natural native speed]
Nicole: 啲 (di1) [natural native speed]
Matt: -er
Nicole: 啲 (di1) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Nicole: 啲 (di1) [natural native speed]
Nicole: 幫 (bong1) [natural native speed]
Matt: to help
Nicole: 幫 (bong1) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Nicole: 幫 (bong1) [natural native speed]
Nicole: 寫低 (se2 dai1) [natural native speed]
Matt: to write down
Nicole: 寫低 (se2 dai1) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Nicole: 寫低 (se2 dai1) [natural native speed]
VOCAB AND PHRASE USAGE
Matt: So here we are teaching three very useful phrases in our lesson.
Nicole: Yes, you're going to use them and love them.
Matt: The first one is…
Nicole: ...廣東話點講?(...gwong2 dung1 waa2 dim2 gong2?)
Matt: “In Cantonese, how do you say…?”
Nicole: 廣東話 (gwong2 dung1 waa2)
Matt: “Cantonese”.
Nicole: 點 (dim2)
Matt: “How”.
Nicole: 講 (gong2)
Matt: “Say” or “speak”. Now of course, you could just point and gesticulate…however, using Cantonese to ask this question is going to get your mind in gear.
Nicole: Right. And you can still use the pointing method; however, using the Cantonese is going to make learning new words much less painful.
Matt: Yes, because your teacher might get what all your pointing is about, but people in the real world might get a little alarmed. So try it. First the point, and then…
Nicole: ...廣東話點講?(...gwong2 dung1 waa2 dim2 gong2?)
Matt: Okay, so now you’ve pointed, they've answered you, and you get your word…but…what the heck did they just say?
Nicole: That's the thing. Sometimes you need to hear it slowly to catch it.
Matt: Yeah. But that is not a problem!
Nicole: Because you have 唔該慢啲 (m4 goi1 maan6 di1).
Matt: "Please slow down."
Nicole: 唔該慢啲 (m4 goi1 maan6 di1).
Matt: So 唔該 means, "please"…Let's break down that phrase.
Nicole: 唔該 (m4 goi1) “please”, it could also means “excuse me”, or “thank you”.
Matt: But in this case, “please”.
Nicole: 慢 (maan6).
Matt: “Slow”.
Nicole: 啲 (di1).
Matt: It’s the suffix “-er”.
Nicole: 唔該慢啲 (m4 goi1 maan6 di1).
Matt: Yes, it's very helpful for those time when you still can't quite get it, you can ask someone to say it again, but more slowly.
Nicole: 唔該慢啲 (m4 goi1 maan6 di1).
Matt: Now, I don’t know about you, but my memory is like a sieve. So once I've gone to all this trouble to find out what this object is, I definitely want a way to remember it.
Nicole: Okay, then you can ask 唔該幫我寫低 (m4 goi1 bong1 ngo5 se2 dai1).
Matt: "Please write it down for me"…starting with the delightful 唔該 (m4 goi1) of course!
Nicole: Right, the magic words!
Matt: Yes, and know this phrase really helps. It's going to help you with your character learning and also retaining what you just learned.
Nicole: 唔該幫我寫低 (m4 goi1 bong1 ngo5 se2 dai1).
Matt: "Please help me write it down".
Nicole: 唔該 (m4 goi1).
Matt: "Please".
Nicole:幫我 (bong1 ngo5).
Matt: "Help me".
Nicole:寫低 (se2 dai1).
Matt: "Write down".
Nicole: 唔該幫我寫低 (m4 goi1 bong1 ngo5 se2 dai1). And you can ask someone to show you how to write the character, or to help you with the Jyutping.
Matt: I used to carry a notebook. Once I had the word and its English equivalent, I would just open the book any time I had free time, on the bus, or whatever, and study the words.
Nicole: Yes, a very good tactic.
Matt: Once the word is somewhere in your brain, you just need give yourself the chance to encounter it a few times in different circumstances. That will help you remember it.
Nicole: Yes, like for example, the word for "slow" 慢 (maan6).
Matt: Yes, here you learned it in the context of writing. But you could be on a scary Cantonese bus studying and have an opportunity to use it again.
Nicole: Like yelling at the driver 慢啲 (maan6 di1)!!!
Matt: “Slower!!!” Anyways, this writing down method is great because once you introduce yourself to the word, and write it down, you are giving yourself a chance to hear it again, and use it again.
Nicole: That’s right!

Outro

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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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Hi CantoneseClass101.com Listeners! Does having someone write something down for you in a foreign language help you learn it?

 

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Wednesday at 06:08 AM
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Hello Shalina,


Thank you so much for your positive message! 😇❤️️

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

We wish you good luck with your language studies.


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Shalina
Tuesday at 11:18 PM
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"this website is the literal best" gwong2 dung1 waa2 dim2 gong2? haha 😂 i'm loving the lessons - very clear explanations and pronunciation, the banter between the two hosts is fun and natural, and the pace is just right. thanks for all the work you've put in to make this website so helpful! m4 goi1!

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Friday at 01:39 PM
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Hi Elise 愛麗絲:


We say 我愛你 ngo5 oi3 nei5

If the recipient is female, the writing would be different (pronunciation same): 我愛妳


Breaking down, the three words basically mean 我 (I) 愛 (Love) 你 (You). 😎


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Elise 爱丽丝
Monday at 11:45 PM
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"I love you"  廣東話點講?

Is it right?

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Wednesday at 06:20 PM
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Hi Pradeep,


There are 2 ways.


唔該 [m4 goi1] - used when you're given an asked favour .

For instance, after cashier has checked your bill / BEFORE waiter takes your order.

Yes, we sometimes say 唔該 as a "thank you in advance" before someone does you a favour.


多謝 [do1 ze6] - used when you receive a gift, an unsolicited favour.

For instance, after your parents gave you a present / your friend treated you a meal.


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Pradeep
Sunday at 11:06 PM
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I hear people say Thank you in different words and I read here "M4 goi" too as Thank you. So is there different words to say 'thank you' for different situations?

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Wednesday at 02:05 PM
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Hi 科林,


Yes! This is the correct way to form a question. Let me answer it. 😁


Zebra - 班馬 [baan1 maa5]


Hope it helps!


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Collin 科林
Monday at 12:06 PM
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zebra廣東話點講?is this correct?

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Sunday at 09:58 AM
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Hello Peg Miller,


You are very welcome. 😇

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

We wish you good luck with your language studies.


Kind regards,

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Peg Miller
Saturday at 02:04 AM
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thank you...you make the learning delightful....thank you