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nei5 ho2, ngo5 hai6 Olivia. Hi everybody! I’m Olivia.
Welcome to CantoneseClass101.com’s “saam1 fan1 zung1 gwong2 dung1 waa2”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Cantonese.
In the last lesson, we learned how to link adjectives to nouns.
In this lesson, we will learn how to use the Cantonese verb zung1 ji3, which means "to like" or “to be fond of”. Ready? Let’s go!
Imagine you are in a restaurant with your friend and he or she asks you: nei5 zung1 m4 zung1 ji3 sik6 ngau4 juk6?
This means "Do you like to eat beef?"
Let’s break it down:
nei5 - “you”
zung1 m4 zung1 ji3 - “like” or “not like”
sik6 - “to eat”
ngau4 juk6 - “beef”
altogether, nei5 zung1 m4 zung1 ji3 sik6 ngau4 juk6?
Did you notice that it’s in the same format as lesson 4’s sentence “Do you speak English?”
nei5 sik1 m4 sik1 gong2 jing1 man2?
Easy, right?
To answer, just say zung1 ji3 if you like to eat beef.
[slowly] zung1 ji3
If not, just say m4 zung1 ji3
[slowly] m4 zung1 ji3
Like the above example, feel free to add a verb after zung1 ji3 in order to tell people what you like to do.
ngo5 zung1 ji3 tai2 hei3, in which tai2 is the verb for “to watch”, and hei3 is movie. So here you have “I like to watch movies”
[slowly] ngo5 zung1 ji3 tai2 hei3
To say that you like something or someone, just put the noun or name after zung1 ji3.
For example:
ngo5 zung1 ji3 maau1 “I like cats”
ngo5 zung1 ji3 ciu1 jan4 “ I like Superman”
In fact, the verb zung1 ji3 has different levels of understanding, and this often depends a lot on the word that comes before it. For example, if you say ngo5 gei2 zung1 ji3 maau1 it will mean that you like cats, but only moderately.
To show a bigger affection towards something or someone, you can add the word hou2 in front of zung1 ji3, as in ngo5 hou2 zung1 ji3 maau1, which means "I really like cats", or even “I love cats”.
Now it’s time for Olivia’s Insights.
Although there’s another verb which means “to love”, oi3, we’re usually too shy to use it when referring to someone we love; instead, we just use zung1 ji3, isn’t that cute?
In this lesson, we learned how to use the verb zung1 ji3.
Next time we’ll learn the basic uses of verb heoi3, which is "to go," so that you will be able to say sentences like "I’m going to the airport."
I’ll be waiting for you in the next “saam1 fan1 zung1 gwong2 dung1 waa2”.
Haa6 ci3 gin3!