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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 lessons we learned how to count in Cantonese. I hope you spent some time practicing the numbers, because they will come in handy today. We’re going to learn how to go shopping in Hong Kong!
Before we go, you need to know how to say “How much is it?”
gei2 cin2 aa3?
[slowly] gei2 cin2 aa3?
Are you ready to go shopping in Hong Kong? Let’s go!
You see something you like and want to ask the shop clerk how much it costs. The first thing to say is…m4 goi1, do you remember what that means? "Excuse me!"
m4 goi1, gei2 cin2 aa3?
[slowly] m4 goi1, gei2 cin2 aa3?
If we want to be more specific and ask "how much is THIS?", first we need to know the correct measure word for the object, we’ll learn about that in the next lesson. For now, let’s use the most common one: go3, so in the sentence we’d say ji1 go3 as “this”, followed by “how much?”.
m4 goi1, ji1 go3 gei2 cin2 aa3?
[slowly] m4 goi1, ji1 go3 gei2 cin2 aa3?
“Excuse me, how much is this?”
And to ask “Excuse me, how much is THAT?”, again we’ll use the most common measure word go3, so to say “that”, it’d be go2 go3.
m4 goi1, go2 go3 gei2 cin2 aa3?
[slowly] m4 goi1, go2 go3 gei2 cin2 aa3?
At this point the shop clerk will answer directly with the price, followed by man1, the slang term for Hong Kong dollar.
For example:
saam1 sap6 gau2 man1
What number is saam1 sap6 gau2? I’m not telling you! Okay, okay, it’s "thirty-nine"! "It costs thirty-nine HKD."
Now it’s time for Olivia’s Insights.
It’s quite common to bargain in markets. Other than saying the specific price you want, you can also just ask for a cheaper price by saying:
peng4 di1 laa1.
[slowly] peng4 di1 laa1.
In small boutiques or shops, you can ask “are there any discounts” by saying:
jau5 mou5 zit3 aa3?
[slowly] jau5 mou5 zit3 aa3?
In this lesson, we learned the generic measure word go3. In the next lesson, we’ll learn more about what these measure words are and how to use them
I’ll be waiting for you in our next “saam1 fan1 zung1 gwong2 dung1 waa2” lesson.
Haa6 ci3 gin3!


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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Can you write a question asking how much something is?

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Wednesday at 10:47 AM
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Hi Vickie,

Sorry to keep you waiting.

The vocabulary Quiz is only available in the site version but not in the App.

If you want to take the quiz on your iPad, then you can still use our site (through a web browser). Our site is mobile/ tablet friendly. 😉👍


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Tuesday at 05:29 PM
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Hello Vickie,

Thanks for telling us about that! I will ask our team and get back to you soon. 😉


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Tuesday at 12:20 PM
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I can't find the quiz option when I use the app on my iPad, but it's always here on my PC. Can you tell me where to find it for my iPad? Thank you!

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Sunday at 04:44 PM
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Hello Henrik,

依個(ji1 go3) and 呢個(ni1 go3) have the same meaning and can be used interchangeably.

Five should be pronounced as 五(ng5). Sometimes you hear people say (m5) and it is just the 懶音 ( laan5 jam1)~lazy tone.


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Monday at 09:24 PM
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Nei5 hou2 Olivia,

Sometimes I hear one thing among Cantonese speakers and read something

else on this site. Can you please explain:

- "This" is "ji1 go3" in the session, but in HK, I hear "ni1 go3". A difference?

- "5" is sometimes "ng" (nasal) and sometimes "mm". A difference?

m4 goi1 saai3,


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Sunday at 03:58 AM
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Hello Olivia,


Survival Phrases: 18. How Much in Cantonese?


You can also study the lesson 16 and 17 in the same series which are about "Numbers". :thumbsup:

16. Numbers 1-10


17. Numbers 10-100



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Tuesday at 10:05 AM
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Is there a lesson on how to talk about prices of things? Like how do you say $1.35 or $0.62 for example. Thank you!

Tuesday at 04:23 PM
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Hi Giada,

In the question "How much is this?",

ji1 go3 = "this (one)"; gei2 cin2 = "how much"; and aa3 is the question particle.

and go2 go3 means "that (one)"

Depending on the noun involved, we may change the measure words "go3" to other ones, such as "gin6" (for clothings), "deoi3" (for pairs), and so on.

peng4 di1 laa1 means "cheaper, please"

peng4 = "cheap"

di1 = "more; -er"

laa1 = final particle (used in requests)

Let's breakdown the question "are there any discounts?" jau5 mou5 zit3 aa3?

jau5 mou5 = "Is there any"

zit3 = "discount"

aa3 = (question particle)


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Saturday at 12:05 PM
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I noticed for this video and the one after about measure words. When you show the measure word you add another word in front of it.

How much is it? = gei2 cin2 aa6

How much is this? = measure word being used is go3

Why is the sentence: ji1 go3 gei2 cin2 aa6? Why is the word ji1 there? For how much is that you use go2 go3 - why is the go2 in the sentence and what does it mean?

Also what do the words: peng4 di1 laa1 mean?

For the question are there any discounts? jau5 mou5 zit3 aa6? - what does each word mean? what does it literally translate to?

Thanks for all your help!