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INTRODUCTION
Gabriella:Hi everyone, I’m Gabriella.
Olivia:And I’m Olivia!
Gabriella:And welcome to Culture Class: Essential Cantonese Vocabulary, Lesson 1! In this lesson you'll learn five essential words related to Daily Life. These are five Public Holidays in Hong Kong. Hand picked. You can find a complete list of vocabulary at CantoneseClass101.com
FIVE KEY VOCABULARY ITEMS
Gabriella:Olivia, what’s our first word?
Olivia:農曆新年
Gabriella:Chinese New Year
Olivia:(slow) 農曆新年 (regular) 農曆新年
Gabriella:Listeners, please repeat:
Olivia:農曆新年
[pause - 5 sec.]
Gabriella:Chinese New Year is the longest celebration on the Chinese calendar. Traditionally, this celebration ran from Chinese New Year's Eve through the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month.
Gabriella:Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Olivia:(normal) 我最鍾意農曆新年,因為可以逗利是。
Gabriella:Chinese New Year is my favorite because I can get red envelopes.
Olivia:(slow) 我最鍾意農曆新年,因為可以逗利是。
Gabriella:Okay, what’s the next word?
Olivia:聖誕節
Gabriella:Christmas
Olivia:(slow) 聖誕節 (regular) 聖誕節
Gabriella:Listeners, please repeat:
Olivia:聖誕節
[pause - 5 sec.]
Gabriella:Christmas is celebrated as a major festival and public holiday in Hong Kong.
Gabriella:Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Olivia:(normal) 今年聖誕節我會去紐約過。
Gabriella:I will spend this Christmas in New York.
Olivia:(slow) 今年聖誕節我會去紐約過。
Gabriella:Okay, what’s the next word?
Olivia:端午節
Gabriella:Dragon boat festival
Olivia:(slow) 端午節 (regular) 端午節
Gabriella:Listeners, please repeat:
Olivia:端午節
[pause - 5 sec.]
Gabriella:The Dragon boat festival occurs on the 5th day of the 5th month of the Chinese calendar. It marks the suicide of Warring States era poet and statesman Qu Yuan in 278 BC.
Gabriella:Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Olivia:(normal) 就到端午節喇,所以周圍都有得買粽。
Gabriella:It's almost the Dragon boat festival, so we can buy rice dumplings everywhere.
Olivia:(slow) 就到端午節喇,所以周圍都有得買粽。
Gabriella:Okay, what’s the next word?
Olivia:中秋節
Gabriella:Mid-autumn festival
Olivia:(slow) 中秋節 (regular) 中秋節
Gabriella:Listeners, please repeat:
Olivia:中秋節
[pause - 5 sec.]
Gabriella:The Mid-autumn festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, during a full moon.
Gabriella:Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Olivia:(normal) 中秋節係我哋嘅週年紀念日。
Gabriella:Mid-autumn festival is our anniversary.
Olivia:(slow) 中秋節係我哋嘅週年紀念日。
Gabriella:Okay, what’s the last word?
Olivia:國慶
Gabriella:National day
Olivia:(slow) 國慶 (regular) 國慶
Gabriella:Listeners, please repeat:
Olivia:國慶
[pause - 5 sec.]
Gabriella:The National Day of the People's Republic of China is celebrated every year on October 1. Hong Kong started celebrating this after the reunification in 1997.
Gabriella:Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Olivia:(normal) 國慶最辛苦就係周圍都係遊客。
Gabriella:The worst part of National day is that there are tourists everywhere.
Olivia:(slow) 國慶最辛苦就係周圍都係大陸遊客。
QUIZ
Gabriella:Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the words you just learned? Olivia will give you the Cantonese – please say the English meaning out loud! Are you ready?
Olivia:農曆新年
[pause]Gabriella:Chinese New Year
Olivia:聖誕節
[pause]Gabriella:Christmas
Olivia:端午節
[pause]Gabriella:Dragon boat festival
Olivia:中秋節
[pause]Gabriella:Mid-autumn festival
Olivia:國慶
[pause]Gabriella:National day

Outro

Gabriella:There you have it – five Public Holidays in Hong Kong! We have more vocab lists available at CantoneseClass101.com, so be sure to check them out. Thanks everyone, see you next time!
Olivia:拜拜!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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How do you celebrate New Year's in your country?

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Monday at 04:08 PM
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Hello William,


Thanks for your question. 😉

You can say 春節 (ceon1 zit3), but it is seldom used among HKers.


Ada

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William
Sunday at 12:14 PM
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Hi,


For Chinese New Year, can we say 'ceon1 zit3?' (春節)?


Thanks

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Friday at 09:18 PM
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Hello robert groulx,


You are very welcome. 😇

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Good luck with your language studies.


Kind regards,

利凡特

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robert groulx
Monday at 10:39 PM
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thanks for the lesson


my favorite phrse is 中秋節


robert

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Saturday at 04:22 PM
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Hi Dany Tran,


Thanks for your question.

It makes sense. But we are used to saying 逗利是 (dau6 lei6 si6) for "to get red envelopes". 😉 逗 (dau6) is always the verb for red envelopes.


Ada

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Dany Tran
Saturday at 09:26 AM
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我最鍾意農曆新年,因為可以逗利是


逗 means "to get"


Can I say 因為可以攞利是 ?


Thanks so much

CantoneseClass101
Monday at 01:22 PM
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Hi Gerd,


If you're referring to the red packets filled with lucky money, it's 利是 (lai6 si6) :smile:


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Gerd
Saturday at 12:14 AM
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Hello,

I'm a bit lost with lai6 si5 because I found two different ways of writing利是 and 利市. So, which one is correct. You, it's important right now!


Thanks,

Gerd

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Monday at 02:01 PM
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Hi Gareth,


How was it? What did you do? Did you enjoy it?

In 2014, the Chinese New Year starts on Jan 31st.

Wish you a wonderful year of Horse! :thumbsup:


Olivia

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Gareth
Sunday at 12:26 AM
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I just celebrate Chinese New Year :thumbsup: