Lesson Transcript

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, you’ll learn how to ask the question, "When is your birthday?" After watching this video, you’ll be able to ask and answer about the date of an event.
Now, let’s take a look at some conversational phrases!
Listen to the dialogue.
你幾時生日? (nei5 gei2 si4 saang1 jat6?)
三月四號。 (saam1 jyut6 sei3 hou6.)
Once more with the English translation.
你幾時生日? (nei5 gei2 si4 saang1 jat6?)
“When is your birthday?”
三月四號。 (saam1 jyut6 sei3 hou6.)
“It's on March 4th.”
First of all you'll need to learn how to say "When is [event]?"
The pattern is:
你幾時 [event]? (nei5 gei2 si4 [event]?)
This Cantonese sentence translates as "You when [event]?" But it means “When is [event]?”.
For example:
你幾時生日?, 你幾時生日? (nei5 gei2 si4 saang1 jat6?, nei5 gei2 si4 saang1 jat6?)
Now, how do you answer this question?
三月四號。 (saam1 jyut6 sei3 hou6.)
Listen to it again:
三月四號。, 三月四號。 (saam1 jyut6 sei3 hou6., saam1 jyut6 sei3 hou6.)
This Cantonese sentence literally translates as "March 4th." But it means "It's on March 4th.".