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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!


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Friday at 6:30 pm
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What do you like to do in your spare time?

Sunday at 3:34 pm
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Hello Calum,

我鍾意學廣東話. 👍👍

Great to hear that you love learning Cantonese.


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Friday at 1:31 pm
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我唔鍾意飲水. 😄

Monday at 8:22 pm
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Hi Isabella,

We're glad you joined us!

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Sunday at 1:51 pm
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Thank you so much for this amazing class. Not only is the cantonese class amazing, but innovative languages is such a good language learning website. Since I'm half and half, I will try and learn both languages! Maybe even French, Spanish, and Japanese! M4 goi1 saai3.

Monday at 2:24 am
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Hi Debbie,

Thank you for your comment and sharing one of the great experience in your 7 visits to Hong Kong.

I think the Chinese name your friend gave you is 卓文君 (coek3 man4 gwan1). I hope I get it right. She is a Chinese poet of the Western Han dynasty. 卓文君(Zhuo_Wenjun) is the Mandarin pronunciation and 卓文君 (coek3 man4 gwan1) is the Cantonese pronunciation of her name.




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Wednesday at 12:01 pm
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On one of my 7 visits to Hong Kong my friend who does not speak English gave me a Chinese name which I do not recall, unfortunately she now is much older than I and suffers from severe dementia, it seems that the name was

something like Man je gwon, and someone told me that it was a Chinese writer or poet. Are you familiar with this as a name? I would love to find out what the characters are if you do? Debbie

Saturday at 4:19 am
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Hi Mervin,

Thank you so much for your encouragement! We are so happy to hear that you like the website and please keep enjoying the Cantonese lessons. :smile:

About the usage of "nei zung m zung ji" (do you like or not like), you cannot say it in the reverse order "nei zungji m zung". Another example "nei5 (you) jam2 (drink) m4 (not) jam2 (drink) seoi2 (water)? (Do you drink or not drink water?). But Cantonese speakers don`t say -- nei (you) jam2 (drink) seoi2 (water) m4 (not) jam2 (drink)?

You are right that 牛肉 (beef) should be pronounced as ngau4 juk6 (cow meat). But sometimes people can say "ngau2" instead of "ngau4". For example 蛋牛治 daan2 ngau2 zi6 (egg and beef sandwish), but not "蛋牛治 daan2 ngau4 zi6".

Hope I can answer your questions.


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Monday at 12:26 am
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Hello! In this lesson, your pronunciation of beef sounds like... ngau2 juk6... but it should be


ngau4 juk6 correct?

Sunday at 11:24 pm
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Hello and thanks for the terrific website! Keep up the good work! Just wondering, in your video... you said... ni zung m zung ji = do you like or not like.... can you also say it the reverse order? ni zungji m zung? thanks!

Friday at 4:46 pm
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Hi B,

you're very welcome:smile:

Thank you for a kind comment! We're all glad to know you liked this series.

Keep enjoying with us:wink:


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