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INTRODUCTION
Eric: Must-Know Cantonese Social Media Phrases Season 1. Lesson 15 - At a Family Reunion.
Eric: Hi everyone, I'm Eric.
Siuling: And I'm Siuling.
Eric: In this lesson, you'll learn how to post and leave comments in Cantonese about a family gathering. 阿偉 (aa3 wai5) goes to a family gathering, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment-
Siuling: 最緊要一家人齊齊整整。 (zeoi3 gan2 jiu3 jat1 gaa1 jan4 cai4 cai4 zing2 zing2.)
Eric: Meaning "The most important thing in life is to have the whole healthy family together and peaceful." Listen to a reading of the post and the comments that follow.
DIALOGUE
(clicking sound)
阿偉: 最緊要一家人齊齊整整。 (zeoi3 gan2 jiu3 jat1 gaa1 jan4
cai4 cai4 zing2 zing2.)
(clicking sound)
Tommy: 唔該唔好tag我。 (m4 goi1 m4 hou2 TAG ngo5.)
陳業生: 原來你屋企有咁多人,好熱鬧。(jyun4 loi4 nei5 uk1 kei2 jau5 gam2 do1 jan4, hou2 jit6 naau6.)
威仔: 好多潮童喎,你D姪嚟㗎? (hou2 do1 ciu4 tung4 wo3, nei5 D zat6 lei4 gaa4?)
小儀: 好耐冇見佢哋,大家睇嚟都好精神! (hou2 noi6 mou5 gin3 keoi5 dei6, daai6 gaa1 tai2 lei4 dou1 hou2 zing1 san4!)
Eric: Listen again with the English translation.
(clicking sound)
阿偉: 最緊要一家人齊齊整整。 (zeoi3 gan2 jiu3 jat1 gaa1 jan4
cai4 cai4 zing2 zing2.)
Eric: "The most important thing in life is to have the whole healthy family together and peaceful."
(clicking sound)
Tommy: 唔該唔好tag我。 (m4 goi1 m4 hou2 TAG ngo5.)
Eric: "Please don't tag me."
陳業生: 原來你屋企有咁多人,好熱鬧。(jyun4 loi4 nei5 uk1 kei2 jau5 gam2 do1 jan4, hou2 jit6 naau6.)
Eric: "Didn't know you have such a big family, so lively."
威仔: 好多潮童喎,你D姪嚟㗎? (hou2 do1 ciu4 tung4 wo3, nei5 D zat6 lei4 gaa4?)
Eric: "There're a lot of hipsters there, are they your nieces and nephews?"
小儀: 好耐冇見佢哋,大家睇嚟都好精神! (hou2 noi6 mou5 gin3 keoi5 dei6, daai6 gaa1 tai2 lei4 dou1 hou2 zing1 san4!)
Eric: "Haven't seen them in a long time, everyone looks great!"
POST
Eric: Listen again to 阿偉 (aa3 wai5)'s post.
Siuling: 最緊要一家人齊齊整整。 (zeoi3 gan2 jiu3 jat1 gaa1 jan4 cai4 cai4 zing2 zing2.)
Eric: "The most important thing in life is to have the whole healthy family together and peaceful."
Siuling: (SLOW) 最緊要一家人齊齊整整。 (zeoi3 gan2 jiu3 jat1 gaa1 jan4 cai4 cai4 zing2 zing2.) (Regular) 最緊要一家人齊齊整整。 (zeoi3 gan2 jiu3 jat1 gaa1 jan4 cai4 cai4 zing2 zing2.)
Eric: Let's break this down. First is an expression meaning "the most important."
Siuling: 最緊要 (zeoi3 gan2 jiu3 )
Eric: This sentence starts with the word
Siuling: 最 (zeoi3)
Eric: Which means "the most.” It can be followed by an adjectives, a noun, or an adverb. In this case, the noun automatically becomes an adjective or adverb. For example,
Siuling: 最MAN (zeoi3 MAN)
Eric: Which means "the most manly person.” Listen again- "the most important" is...
Siuling: (SLOW) 最緊要 (zeoi3 gan2 jiu3 ) (REGULAR) 最緊要 (zeoi3 gan2 jiu3 )
Eric: Then comes a phrase literally meaning "whole family be healthy and together."
Siuling: 一家人齊齊整整。 (jat1 gaa1 jan4 cai4 cai4 zing2 zing2.)
Eric: The sentence ends with the word…
Siuling: 齊齊整整 (cai4 cai4 zing2 zing2)
Eric: Which means "neat and tidy" normally, but when used to describe a family or a group of people, it means that everyone is healthy, harmonious, and on good terms. Listen again. "whole family be healthy and together." is...
Siuling: (SLOW) 一家人齊齊整整。 (jat1 gaa1 jan4 cai4 cai4 zing2 zing2.) (REGULAR) 一家人齊齊整整。 (jat1 gaa1 jan4 cai4 cai4 zing2 zing2.)
Eric: All together, "The most important thing in life is to have the whole healthy family together and peaceful."
Siuling: 最緊要一家人齊齊整整。 (zeoi3 gan2 jiu3 jat1 gaa1 jan4 cai4 cai4 zing2 zing2.)
COMMENTS
Eric: In response, 阿偉 (aa3 wai5)'s friends leave some comments.
Eric: His nephew, Tommy (TOMMY), uses an expression meaning "Please don't tag me."
Siuling: (SLOW) 唔該唔好tag我。 (m4 goi1 m4 hou2 TAG ngo5.) (REGULAR) 唔該唔好tag我。 (m4 goi1 m4 hou2 TAG ngo5.)
[Pause]
Siuling: 唔該唔好tag我。 (m4 goi1 m4 hou2 TAG ngo5.)
Eric: Use this expression to show you are feeling annoyed.
Eric: His supervisor, 陳業生 (can4 jip6 sang1), uses an expression meaning "Didn't know you have such a big family, so lively."
Siuling: (SLOW) 原來你屋企有咁多人,好熱鬧。 (REGULAR) 原來你屋企有咁多人,好熱鬧。(jyun4 loi4 nei5 uk1 kei2 jau5 gam2 do1 jan4, hou2 jit6 naau6)
[Pause]
Siuling: 原來你屋企有咁多人,好熱鬧。(jyun4 loi4 nei5 uk1 kei2 jau5 gam2 do1 jan4, hou2 jit6 naau6)
Eric: Use this expression to comment on a family.
Eric: His college friend, 威仔 (wai1 zai2), uses an expression meaning "There're a lot of hipsters there, are they your nieces and nephews?"
Siuling: (SLOW) 好多潮童喎,你D姪嚟㗎? (hou2 do1 ciu4 tung4 wo3, nei5 D zat6 lei4 gaa4?) (REGULAR) 好多潮童喎,你D姪嚟㗎? (hou2 do1 ciu4 tung4 wo3, nei5 D zat6 lei4 gaa4?)
[Pause]
Siuling: 好多潮童喎,你D姪嚟㗎? (hou2 do1 ciu4 tung4 wo3, nei5 D zat6 lei4 gaa4?)
Eric: Use this expression to show you are feeling impressed and curious.
Eric: His high school friend, 小儀 (siu2 ji4), uses an expression meaning "Haven't seen them in a long time, everyone looks great!"
Siuling: (SLOW) 好耐冇見佢哋,大家睇嚟都好精神! (hou2 noi6 mou5 gin3 keoi5 dei6, daai6 gaa1 tai2 lei4 dou1 hou2 zing1 san4!) (REGULAR) 好耐冇見佢哋,大家睇嚟都好精神! (hou2 noi6 mou5 gin3 keoi5 dei6, daai6 gaa1 tai2 lei4 dou1 hou2 zing1 san4!)
[Pause]
Siuling: 好耐冇見佢哋,大家睇嚟都好精神! (hou2 noi6 mou5 gin3 keoi5 dei6, daai6 gaa1 tai2 lei4 dou1 hou2 zing1 san4!)
Eric: Use this expression to show you are feeling optimistic.

Outro

Eric: Okay, that's all for this lesson. If a friend posted something about a family gathering, which phrase would you use? Leave us a comment letting us know. And we'll see you next time!
Siuling: 拜拜 (baai1 baai3)

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If a friend posted something about a family gathering which phrase would you use?

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Hello robert groulx,


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thanks for the lesson


my favorite phrase is 好多潮童喎,你D姪嚟㗎?


robert