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INTRODUCTION
John: Hi everyone, and welcome back to CantoneseClass101.com. This is Business Cantonese for Beginners Season 1 Lesson 9 - Checking In For Your Hong Kong Business Trip. John here.
Siuling: 大家好!(daai6 gaa1 hou2!) I'm Siuling.
John: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to go on a business trip. The conversation takes place at an office.
Siuling: It's between Linda and a receptionist.
John: The speakers are employee and customer, therefore, they will speak formal Cantonese. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
張麗珊: 早晨,我姓張,已經訂咗房。
(zoeng1 lai6 saan1: zou2 san4, ngo5 sing3 zoeng1, ji5 ging1 deng6 zo2 fong2.)
接待員: 請問係唔係張麗珊小姐,單人房,兩晚,包埋早餐?
(zip3 doi6 jyun4: cing2 man6 hai6 m4 hai6 zoeng1 lai6 saan1 siu2 ze2, daan1 jan4 fong2, loeng5 maan5, baau1 maai4 zou2 caan1?)
張麗珊: 係呀。
(zoeng1 lai6 saan1: hai6 aa3.)
接待員: 請問有冇身份證?
(zip3 doi6 jyun4: cing2 man6 jau5 mou5 san1 fan2 zing3?)
張麗珊: 喺呢度,另外,我可唔可以打印有關發佈會嘅文件?
(zoeng1 lai6 saan1: hai2 ni1 dou6, ling6 ngoi6, ngo5 ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 daa2 jan3 jau5 gwaan1 faat3 bou3 wui2 ge3 man4 gin2?)
接待員: 當然可以,我哋嘅商務中心係開廿四小時嘅。
(zip3 doi6 jyun4: dong1 jin4 ho2 ji5, ngo5 dei6 ge3 soeng1 mou6 zung1 sam1 hai6 hoi1 jaa6 sei3 siu2 si4 ge3.)
John: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
張麗珊: 早晨,我姓張,已經訂咗房。
(zoeng1 lai6 saan1: zou2 san4, ngo5 sing3 zoeng1, ji5 ging1 deng6 zo2 fong2.)
接待員: 請問係唔係張麗珊小姐,單人房,兩晚,包埋早餐?
(zip3 doi6 jyun4: cing2 man6 hai6 m4 hai6 zoeng1 lai6 saan1 siu2 ze2, daan1 jan4 fong2, loeng5 maan5, baau1 maai4 zou2 caan1?)
張麗珊: 係呀。
(zoeng1 lai6 saan1: hai6 aa3.)
接待員: 請問有冇身份證?
(zip3 doi6 jyun4: cing2 man6 jau5 mou5 san1 fan2 zing3?)
張麗珊: 喺呢度,另外,我可唔可以打印有關發佈會嘅文件?
(zoeng1 lai6 saan1: hai2 ni1 dou6, ling6 ngoi6, ngo5 ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 daa2 jan3 jau5 gwaan1 faat3 bou3 wui2 ge3 man4 gin2?)
接待員: 當然可以,我哋嘅商務中心係開廿四小時嘅。
(zip3 doi6 jyun4: dong1 jin4 ho2 ji5, ngo5 dei6 ge3 soeng1 mou6 zung1 sam1 hai6 hoi1 jaa6 sei3 siu2 si4 ge3.)
John: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
張麗珊: 早晨,我姓張,已經訂咗房。
(zoeng1 lai6 saan1: zou2 san4, ngo5 sing3 zoeng1, ji5 ging1 deng6 zo2 fong2.)
Linda: Good morning, I have a reservation under Cheung.
接待員: 請問係唔係張麗珊小姐,單人房,兩晚,包埋早餐?
(zip3 doi6 jyun4: cing2 man6 hai6 m4 hai6 zoeng1 lai6 saan1 siu2 ze2, daan1 jan4 fong2, loeng5 maan5, baau1 maai4 zou2 caan1?)
Receptionist: Ms. Cheung Lai San, two nights, single room, breakfast included. Is this correct?
張麗珊: 係呀。
(zoeng1 lai6 saan1: hai6 aa3.)
Linda: Yes.
接待員: 請問有冇身份證?
(zip3 doi6 jyun4: cing2 man6 jau5 mou5 san1 fan2 zing3?)
Receptionist: Do you have an ID?
張麗珊: 喺呢度,另外,我可唔可以打印有關發佈會嘅文件?
(zoeng1 lai6 saan1: hai2 ni1 dou6, ling6 ngoi6, ngo5 ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 daa2 jan3 jau5 gwaan1 faat3 bou3 wui2 ge3 man4 gin2?)
Linda: Here it is. By the way, can I print out my presentation somewhere?
接待員: 當然可以,我哋嘅商務中心係開廿四小時嘅。
(zip3 doi6 jyun4: dong1 jin4 ho2 ji5, ngo5 dei6 ge3 soeng1 mou6 zung1 sam1 hai6 hoi1 jaa6 sei3 siu2 si4 ge3.)
Receptionist: Of course, our business center is open 24/7.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
John: If you’re in Hong Kong on business, it’s very likely that you’ll have to stay in a hotel.
Siuling: A common phrase to use in hotels is 唔該, 我想訂間房 (m4 goi1, ngo5 soeng2 deng6 gaan1 fong2).
John: This means "Excuse me, I would like to reserve a room."
Siuling: Another useful sentence is 唔該, 我想退房 (m4 goi1, ngo5 soeng2 teoi3 fong2).
John: "Excuse me, I would like to check out." Do people tip in Hong Kong?
Siuling: It’s quite common, yes.
John: Who would you tip?
Siuling: Hotel staff, such as the porter or bellboy.
John: What about in restaurants?
Siuling: Most high end restaurants add 10% service charge, and you can add 5-10% if the service is excellent.
John: Should you tip taxi drivers?
Siuling: No, but it’s common to leave them any small change.
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: 訂(deng6) [natural native speed]
John: "to reserve"
Siuling: 訂(deng6) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Siuling: 訂(deng6) [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Siuling: 單人房(daan1 jan4 fong2) [natural native speed]
John: "single room"
Siuling: 單人房(daan1 jan4 fong2) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Siuling: 單人房(daan1 jan4 fong2) [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Siuling: 包埋(baau1 maai4) [natural native speed]
John: "to include"
Siuling: 包埋(baau1 maai4) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Siuling: 包埋(baau1 maai4) [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Siuling: 早餐(zou2 caan1) [natural native speed]
John: "breakfast"
Siuling: 早餐(zou2 caan1) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Siuling: 早餐(zou2 caan1) [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Siuling: 身份證(san1 fan2 zing3) [natural native speed]
John: "ID card"
Siuling: 身份證(san1 fan2 zing3) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Siuling: 身份證(san1 fan2 zing3) [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Siuling: 打印(daa2 jan3) [natural native speed]
John: "to print (a document)"
Siuling: 打印(daa2 jan3) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Siuling: 打印(daa2 jan3) [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Siuling: 文件(man4 gin2) [natural native speed]
John: "document"
Siuling: 文件(man4 gin2) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Siuling: 文件(man4 gin2) [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Siuling: 商務中心(soeng1 mou6 zung1 sam1) [natural native speed]
John: "business center"
Siuling: 商務中心(soeng1 mou6 zung1 sam1) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Siuling: 商務中心(soeng1 mou6 zung1 sam1) [natural native speed]
John: Next we have...
Siuling: 廿四小時(jaa6 sei3 siu2 si4) [natural native speed]
John: "24-hours; around-the-clock"
Siuling: 廿四小時(jaa6 sei3 siu2 si4) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Siuling: 廿四小時(jaa6 sei3 siu2 si4) [natural native speed]
John: And last...
Siuling: 開 [natural native speed]
John: "to open; to be in service"
Siuling: 開 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Siuling: 開 [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: 去麥當勞食早餐(heoi3 mak6 dong1 lou4 sik6 zou2 caan1)
John: meaning "Go to McDonald's for breakfast."
John: Let’s break down this phrase.
Siuling: First is 去(heoi3), which means "go." Next is 麥當勞(mak6 dong1 lou4).
John: That is "McDonald’s." Next is "eat."
Siuling: That is 食(sik6). It’s followed by 早餐(zou2 caan1).
John: "breakfast." You can use the verb "to go" when you want to move to a destination.
Siuling: Yes, just add the name of the place after the verb 去(heoi3).
John: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Siuling: Sure. For example, you can say... 我想去麥當勞食早餐。(ngo5 soeng2 heoi3 mak6 dong1 lou4 sik6 zou2 caan1.)
John: ...which means "I want to go to McDonald's for breakfast."
John: Okay, what's the next word?
Siuling: 身份證(san1 fan2 zing3)
John: meaning "ID card."
John: This is a pretty important noun phrase.
Siuling: First is 身份(san1 fan2) which means "identity." Then is 證(zing3).
John: That means "certificate, proof."
Siuling: 身份證(san1 fan2 zing3) is a card that has lots of personal information.
John: This information proves who you are.
Siuling: There is also a 駕駛執照(gaa3 sai2 zap1 ziu3), "driving licence."
John: Can you give us an example using this word?
Siuling: Sure. For example, you can say... 香港身份證(hoeng1 gong2 san1 fan2 zing3)
John: ... which means "Hong Kong ID card."
John: Okay, what's the next word?
Siuling: 開廿四小時(hoi1 jaa6 sei3 siu2 si4)
John: meaning "open 24 hours a day."
John: This is a common phrase.
Siuling: First is 開(hoi1), which means "to open." Next is 廿四(jaa6 sei3).
John: That means "twenty-four." Finally is "hours."
Siuling: That is 小時(siu2 si4).
John: You can use this phrase for a service that runs all day and night without closing.
Siuling: A similar phrase is 日以繼夜(jat6 ji5 gai3 je6), which also means "round-the-clock".
John: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Siuling: Sure. For example, you can say... 便利店開廿四小時。(bin6 lei6 dim3 hoi1 jaa6 sei3 siu2 si4.)
John: ... which means "Convenience stores open 24 hours a day."
John: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

John: In this lesson, you'll learn about checking in to a hotel.
John: Let’s start with some vocabulary and sentences that will help when you’re reserving your hotel or checking in.
Siuling: 單人房 (daan1 jan4 fong2)
John: "single room"
Siuling: 雙人房 (soeng1 jan4 fong2)
John: "double room"
Siuling: 三人房 (saam1 jan4 fong2)
John: "room for three people." For rooms for more people, just swap out "three" for other numbers.
Siuling: 上網 (soeng5 mong5) is "internet." 有冇得上網?(jau5 mou5 dak1 soeng5 mong5?)
John: "Is there an internet connection?"
Siuling: 毛巾 (mou4 gan1) is "towels." 房入面有冇毛巾? (fong2 jap6 min6 jau5 mou5 mou4 gan1?)
John: "Are there towels in the room?"
Siuling: 洗衫 (sai2 saam1) is "laundry." 你哋有冇洗衫服務? (nei5 dei6 jau5 mou5 sai2 saam1 fuk6 mou6?)
John: "Do you have a laundry service?" Some English words are used in Hong Kong. For example...
Siuling: 我想聽朝五點Morning call。(ngo5 soeng2 ting1 ziu1 ng5 dim2 morning call.)
John: "I’d like a morning call tomorrow at 5 AM." Or...
Siuling: 房入面有冇WIFI? (fong2 jap6 min6 jau5 mou5 WIFI?)
John: "Is there Wi-Fi in the room?" There are more helpful words and phrases in the lesson notes. For now though, let’s leave this and move on to the past tense.
Siuling: It might be that our listeners have already studied the past tense, but if not, we have some good news for you!
John: Yes, there is only one past tense in Cantonese, so you can use the same verbs to cover both finished and unfinished actions. There are a few rules, however.
Siuling: For verbs with one Chinese character, add 咗 (zo2) behind the verb. For example, 食咗 (sik6 zo2).
John: That is the past tense "ate." What do we do with verbs that have two Chinese characters?
Siuling: We add 咗 (zo2) after either the first or second character. For example, 返咗工 (faan1 zo2 gung1).
John: "went to work." In this case, it’s after the first character.
Siuling: Another example is 了解咗 (liu5 gaai2 zo2).
John: "understood." This time, it’s after the second character.

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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Try to check-in at the hotel in Cantonese next time you travel!

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Hello robert groulx,


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thanks for the lesson


my favorite phrase is 有冇得上網?


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