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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 some words used when apologizing in Cantonese, including m4 ho2 ji3 si1 and deoi3 m4 zyu6. In this lesson we are going to learn numbers in Cantonese.
Yes, numbers! sou3 zi6! From one to ten. And you are going to learn them in only three minutes, saam1 fan1 zung1!
Are you ready? Let’s start!
yat1
[slowly] yat1
yi6
[slowly] yi6
saam1
[slowly] saam1
sei3
[slowly] sei3
ng5
[slowly] ng5
luk6
[slowly] luk6
cat1
[slowly] cat1
baat3
[slowly] baat3
gau2
[slowly] gau2
sap6
[slowly] sap6
Okay, now repeat after me. I'll say the numbers and give you time to repeat each one.
yat1
yi6
saam1
sei3
ng5
luk6
cat1
baat3
gau2
sap6
Great job!
What is before yat1, do you know? It’s ling4, zero.
You don’t have any more excuses! You can give your friends your cell phone number in Cantonese!
Let’s try together.
We’ll use the phrase ngo5 din6 waa2 hou6 maa2 hai6, which means “my phone number is:”
[slowly] ngo5 din6 waa2 hou6 maa2 hai6
ngo5 din6 waa2 hou6 maa2 hai6
gau2 ng5 baat3 sei3, gau2 cat1 ji6 saam1
Can you read it by yourself?
9584-9723
Perfect!
Now it’s time for Olivia’s Insights.
When we go shopping at the markets in Hong Kong, sometimes we can bargain on the price, so learn your numbers well to get a better deal!
Do you know the Cantonese word for a hundred? In the next lesson we are going to learn the numbers from eleven to one hundred in Cantonese. Your task now is to practice the numbers we studied in this lesson, from jat1 to sap6!
haa6 ci3 gin3!

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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Hi listeners! Let’s practice numbers together!

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Saturday at 07:30 AM
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Hello Carol,


Thanks for posting again! We are glad to hear that. 😉


Ada

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Carol
Wednesday at 05:41 PM
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Thanks Olivia, that makes it easier for me since I find the ng sound quite difficult. 😄

CantoneseClass101
Tuesday at 03:30 AM
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Hi Carol,


Thank you for your comment.

You're right, the proper pronunciation of "five" 五 (ng5) is supposed to be said without open lips, the sound is produced while back of the tongue touches the upper palate. But nowadays, many people say it with closed lips (m5) because it is easier. Both closed lips and open lips are commonly used :)

The same goes for 吳(ng4), 唔 (ng4), etc.

Feel free to ask if you have any other questions.


Olivia

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Carol
Wednesday at 01:16 PM
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Hi, it looks as though Olivia is closing her mouth for the number five And saying m5 rather than ng5. Am I missing something?

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Saturday at 01:24 PM
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Hello Jerri,


Glad to hear that you love the Olivia`s lesson and it sure helps people remember the meaning of the number no matter you are from any other countries. 😄


Siuling

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Jerri
Tuesday at 02:32 AM
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I, too, loved Olivia's finger actions and lessons. Are these finger actions the same across all of China, and Taiwan, or just in the Cantonese native-speaking regions? Would they be used in any other countries as the main number finger actions?

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Thursday at 03:37 PM
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Hi Penny lawton,


Glad to hear that you love the lessons and the finger actions of Olivia.


Thank you so much for your encouragement! :smile:


Siuling

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Penny lawton
Sunday at 07:39 PM
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very good Also excellent that the finger actions were included Thanks for the enjoyable lessons Olivia