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Hi everyone! I’m Alisha.
Welcome to Conversational Phrases!
We’ve found that the best way to learn a language is to speak it from day one! And the best way to start speaking is to learn phrases that you’ll use in real conversations.
In this lesson, we’ll learn conversational phrases to answer the question “What's the matter?” After watching this video, you’ll be able to make complaints and ask someone else if they’re having any issues.
Now, let’s take a look at some conversational phrases!
Listen to the dialogue.
咩事呀? (me1 si6 aa3?)
office好熱。 (office hou2 jit6.)
Once more with the English translation.
咩事呀? (me1 si6 aa3?)
“What's the matter?”
office好熱。 (office hou2 jit6.)
“The office is hot.”
First of all you'll need to learn how to say “What's the matter?”
咩事呀? (me1 si6 aa3?)
Listen to it again:
咩事呀?, 咩事呀? (me1 si6 aa3?, me1 si6 aa3?)
Now, how do you answer this question?
The pattern is:
office好 {adjective}。(office hou2 {adjective}.)
“The office is {adjective}.”
This Cantonese sentence literally translates into "The office (very) [adjective]. ,” but it means “The office is [adjective].” in English.
For example:
“The office is hot.”
office好熱。, office好熱。 (office hou2 jit6., office hou2 jit6.)

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Can you make a complaint in Cantonese?