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INTRODUCTION
John: Hi everyone, and welcome back to CantoneseClass101.com. This is Business Cantonese for Beginners Season 1 Lesson 12 - Asking About Office Rules in Cantonese. John here.
Siuling: 大家好!(daai6 gaa1 hou2!) I'm Siuling.
John: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask about office rules. The conversation takes place at an office.
Siuling: It's between Monica and Mark.
John: The speakers are boss and employee, therefore, they will speak formal Cantonese. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
馬家輝: Monica,你知唔知新Wi-Fi密碼係乜嘢?
(maa5 gaa1 fai1: Monica, nei5 zi1 m4 zi1 san1 wi-fi mat6 maa5 hai6 mat1 je5?)
黃小芬: 我唔係好清楚,你應該問下Linda,係佢負責嘅。
(wong4 siu2 fan1: ngo5 m4 hai6 hou2 cing1 co2, nei5 jing1 goi1 man6 haa5 Linda, hai6 keoi5 fu6 zaak3 ge3.)
馬家輝: 佢電話號碼幾多號?
(maa5 gaa1 fai1: keoi5 din6 waa2 hou6 maa5 gei2 do1 hou6?)
黃小芬: Linda而家喺個客嘅辦公室,你傳訊息畀佢會好啲。
(wong4 siu2 fan1: Linda ji4 gaa1 hai2 go3 haak3 ge3 baan6 gung1 sat1, nei5 cyun4 seon3 sik1 bei2 keoi5 wui2 hou2 di1.)
馬家輝: 好,唔該。
(maa5 gaa1 fai1: hou2, m4 goi1.)
黃小芬: 唔駛客氣。
(wong4 siu2 fan1: m4 sai2 haak3 hei3.)
John: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
馬家輝: Monica,你知唔知新Wi-Fi密碼係乜嘢?
(maa5 gaa1 fai1: Monica, nei5 zi1 m4 zi1 san1 wi-fi mat6 maa5 hai6 mat1 je5?)
黃小芬: 我唔係好清楚,你應該問下Linda,係佢負責嘅。
(wong4 siu2 fan1: ngo5 m4 hai6 hou2 cing1 co2, nei5 jing1 goi1 man6 haa5 Linda, hai6 keoi5 fu6 zaak3 ge3.)
馬家輝: 佢電話號碼幾多號?
(maa5 gaa1 fai1: keoi5 din6 waa2 hou6 maa5 gei2 do1 hou6?)
黃小芬: Linda而家喺個客嘅辦公室,你傳訊息畀佢會好啲。
(wong4 siu2 fan1: Linda ji4 gaa1 hai2 go3 haak3 ge3 baan6 gung1 sat1, nei5 cyun4 seon3 sik1 bei2 keoi5 wui2 hou2 di1.)
馬家輝: 好,唔該。
(maa5 gaa1 fai1: hou2, m4 goi1.)
黃小芬: 唔駛客氣。
(wong4 siu2 fan1: m4 sai2 haak3 hei3.)
John: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
馬家輝: Monica,你知唔知新Wi-Fi密碼係乜嘢?
(maa5 gaa1 fai1: Monica, nei5 zi1 m4 zi1 san1 wi-fi mat6 maa5 hai6 mat1 je5?)
Mark: Monica, what is the new Wi-Fi password?
黃小芬: 我唔係好清楚,你應該問下Linda,係佢負責嘅。
(wong4 siu2 fan1: ngo5 m4 hai6 hou2 cing1 co2, nei5 jing1 goi1 man6 haa5 Linda, hai6 keoi5 fu6 zaak3 ge3.)
Monica: I'm not sure. You should ask Linda. She is the one in charge.
馬家輝: 佢電話號碼幾多號?
(maa5 gaa1 fai1: keoi5 din6 waa2 hou6 maa5 gei2 do1 hou6?)
Mark: What was her number again?
黃小芬: Linda而家喺個客嘅辦公室,你傳訊息畀佢會好啲。
(wong4 siu2 fan1: Linda ji4 gaa1 hai2 go3 haak3 ge3 baan6 gung1 sat1, nei5 cyun4 seon3 sik1 bei2 keoi5 wui2 hou2 di1.)
Monica: Linda is at the customer's office now. Maybe you should send her a message.
馬家輝: 好,唔該。
(maa5 gaa1 fai1: hou2, m4 goi1.)
Mark: Okay, thanks!
黃小芬: 唔駛客氣。
(wong4 siu2 fan1: m4 sai2 haak3 hei3.)
Monica: You are welcome.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
John: In the last lesson we spoke a little bit about business lunches and who should pay.
Siuling: That’s right, we did. In this lesson, we’ll talk a little more about business meals.
John: In a business dinner, you might have to make a toast.
Siuling: If everybody else stands up for it, then follow their lead and stand up too.
John: How do you say "Cheers!" in Cantonese?
Siuling: 飲杯! (jam2 bui1). You can also say 飲勝!(jam2 sing3).
John: That means "Bottoms up!" There are some table manners involving chopsticks that should be kept in mind.
Siuling: Yes, never put your chopsticks standing upright into a bowl of rice.
John: This is because a bowl of rice with chopsticks placed in this manner is left at the altar during funerals.
Siuling: Don’t point at anyone with your chopsticks, and put them back on the rest when you’re not using them.
John: Isn’t there a special way of giving thanks to the server that pours tea for you?
Siuling: Yes, there is. Tap the table with two or three fingers, twice.
John: Okay, now onto the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
John: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary from this lesson. The first word is...
Siuling: 密碼(mat6 maa5) [natural native speed]
John: "password"
Siuling: 密碼(mat6 maa5) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Siuling: 密碼(mat6 maa5) [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Siuling: 應該(jing1 goi1) [natural native speed]
John: "should; shall"
Siuling: 應該(jing1 goi1) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Siuling: 應該(jing1 goi1) [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Siuling: 問(man6) [natural native speed]
John: "to ask"
Siuling: 問(man6) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Siuling: 問(man6) [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Siuling: 負責(fu6 zaak3) [natural native speed]
John: "in charge; to be in charge; to be responsible for"
Siuling: 負責(fu6 zaak3) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Siuling: 負責(fu6 zaak3) [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Siuling: 電話(din6 waa2) [natural native speed]
John: "telephone"
Siuling: 電話(din6 waa2) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Siuling: 電話(din6 waa2) [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Siuling: 號碼(hou6 maa5) [natural native speed]
John: "number"
Siuling: 號碼(hou6 maa5) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Siuling: 號碼(hou6 maa5) [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Siuling: 訊息(seon3 sik1) [natural native speed]
John: "message"
Siuling: 訊息(seon3 sik1) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Siuling: 訊息(seon3 sik1) [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Siuling: 傳(cyun4) [natural native speed]
John: "to send"
Siuling: 傳(cyun4) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Siuling: 傳(cyun4) [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Siuling: 畀(bei2) [natural native speed]
John: "to give"
Siuling: 畀(bei2) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Siuling: 畀(bei2) [natural native speed]
John: And last...
Siuling: 好啲 [natural native speed]
John: "better"
Siuling: 好啲 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Siuling: 好啲 [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
John: Let's have a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first word is...
Siuling: 係佢負責(hai6 keoi5 fu6 zaak3)
John: meaning "he/she is in charge/responsible."
John: This is a phrase.
Siuling: First is 係(hai6), meaning "is." Next is 佢(keoi5).
John: This is "he, she." The final part means "to be responsible for."
Siuling: That is 負責(fu6 zaak3).
John: You can use this phrase to talk about who is responsible for something.
Siuling: You can also use someone’s name in place of 佢(keoi5).
John: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Siuling: Sure. For example, you can say... 係佢負責照顧小朋友。(hai6 keoi5 fu6 zaak3 ziu3 gu3 siu2 pang4 jau5.)
John: … which means "She's the one responsible for taking care of the kids."
John: Okay, what's the next word?
Siuling: 唔使客氣(m4 sai2 haak3 hei3)
John: meaning "you are welcome."
John: This is another phrase.
Siuling: First is 唔使(m4 sai2), meaning "not need." Next is 客氣 (haak3 hei3).
John: This means "polite." This phrase is a polite response.
Siuling: You use it when someone thanks you for doing something.
John: It literally means "not need to be polite." It’s the same as the English "don’t mention it."
Siuling: The written form of it is 不用客氣 (bat1 jung6 haak3 hei3) or 別客氣 (bit6 haak3 hei3).
John: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Siuling: Sure. For example, you can say... 如果有人同你講「多謝」, 你可以回應「唔使客氣」。(jyu4 gwo2 jau5 jan4 tung4 nei5 gong2 "do1 ze6," nei5 ho2 ji3 wui4 jing3 "m4 sai2 haak3 hei3".)
John: ... which means "If someone says "thank you," you can respond with "you're welcome." "
John: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

John: In this lesson, you'll learn how to inquire about information such as passwords. You’ll probably have to ask your co-workers about many things at work.
Siuling: Especially during your first days at a company.
John: How can we do this politely?
Siuling: Say the name of your co-worker and then add a phrase like 你知唔知 (nei5 zi1 m4 zi1).
John: "Do you know…?" Then ask your question directly.
Siuling: For example, Monica,你知唔知新Wi-Fi密碼係乜嘢?(Monica, nei5 zi1 m4 zi1 san1 Wi-Fi mat6 maa5 hai6 mat1 je5?)
John: "Monica, do you know what the new Wi-Fi password is?"
Siuling: After the first question, you can simply ignore 你知唔知 (nei5 zi1 m4 zi1).
John: Yes, you don’t need the "do you know?" anymore and just ask the question directly.
Siuling: Yes, that would be fine.
John: Let’s hear some more examples.
Siuling: Clarence,你知唔知幾時係呢個Project嘅deadline? (Clarence, nei5 zi1 m4 zi1 gei2 si4 hai6 ni1 go3 Project ge3 deadline?)
John: "Clarence, do you know when the deadline of this project is?"
Siuling: Amelia,你知唔知等陣喺邊間房開會? (Amelia, nei5 zi1 m4 zi1 dang2 zan6 hai2 bin1 gaan3 fong2 hoi1 wui5?)
John: "Amelia, do you know in which room we will have the meeting later?"
Siuling: Nelson,你知唔知老細返咗嚟未? (Nelson, nei5 zi1 m4 zi1 lou5 sai3 faan1 zo2 lei4 mei6?)
John: "Nelson, do you know if the boss has already arrived?"
Siuling: 你知唔知佢電話號碼幾多號? (nei5 zi1 m4 zi1 keoi5 din6 waa2 hou6 maa5 gei2 do1 hou6?)
John: "Do you know what his/her phone number is?" Next, here are some direct questions without the "do you know?"
Siuling: 佢電話號碼幾多號?( keoi5 din6 waa2 hou6 maa5 gei2 do1 hou6?)
John: "What was her number again?"
Siuling: 今日Wi-Fi密碼係乜?(gam1 jat6 Wi-fi mat6 maa5 hai6 mat1?)
John: "What's today's Wi-Fi password?"

Outro

John: Okay, that’s all for this lesson. Thank you for listening, everyone, and we’ll see you next time! Bye!
Siuling: 拜拜!(baai1 baai3!)

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Try to ask for someone's phone number in Cantonese!

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Hello robert groulx,


You are very welcome. 😇

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robert groulx
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thanks for the lesson


my favorite phrase is 今日Wi-Fi密碼係乜?


robert