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Cantonese Survival phrases, lesson 33. Can I take your picture? In last lesson, we talked about taking pictures. Today we are going to talk a bit more about this. If you remember, last class we taught you how to say can you take my picture 可唔可以幫我影張相?(ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 bong1 ngo5 jing2 zoeng1 soeng2). Can you take my picture ?可唔可以幫我影張相?(ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 bong1 ngo5 jing2 zoeng1 soeng2) But what happens if you meet someone really special. Maybe you want to take their photo. In Cantonese, this is 可唔可以幫你影張相?(ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 bong1 nei5 jing2 zoeng1 soeng2) Can I take your picture? 可唔可以幫你影張相?(ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 bong1 nei5 jing2 zoeng1 soeng2) The only sound that changes here is you 你(nei5). 我(ngo5) becomes 你(nei5). Can I take your picture? 可唔可以幫你影張相?(ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 bong1 nei5 jing2 zoeng1 soeng2) This lesson, we are going to practice using 可唔可以(ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 ). Let’s say, you want to take someone out for dinner. You can say 可唔可以請你食餐飯?(ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 ceng2 nei5 sik6 caan1 faan6). Can I take you for dinner? 可唔可以請你食餐飯?(ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 ceng2 nei5 sik6 caan1 faan6). Can I take you for dinner. This is very close to the sentence we learned in the beginning of our lesson today. 可唔可以幫你影張相?(ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 bong1 nei5 jing2 zoeng1 soeng2) Can I take your picture? 可唔可以(ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 ) means can or cannot. 可唔可以請你食餐飯?(ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 ceng2 nei5 sik6 caan1 faan6). Can I buy you dinner? 請(ceng2) means to treat. 可唔可以請你食餐飯?(ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 ceng2 nei5 sik6 caan1 faan6). We learned 你(nei5) in the last lesson. 你(nei5) means you, 你(nei5) you. In the casual speech, you might hear people say 你(lei5) that’s okay too, 你(lei5). Let’s go back to the sentence. 可唔可以請你食餐飯?(ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 ceng2 nei5 sik6 caan1 faan6). Can I buy you dinner. 食飯(sik6 faan6) means to have food, 食飯(sik6 faan6) to have food. 可唔可以請你食餐飯?(ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 ceng2 nei5 sik6 caan1 faan6). In the beginning of our lesson today, we learned, can I take your picture 可唔可以幫你影張相?(ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 bong1 nei5 jing2 zoeng1 soeng2). Notice how close these sentences are! 可唔可以幫你影張相?(ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 bong1 nei5 jing2 zoeng1 soeng2), 可唔可以請你食餐飯?(ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 ceng2 nei5 sik6 caan1 faan6), 可唔可以幫我影張相?(ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 bong1 ngo5 jing2 zoeng1 soeng2). Do you remember the last sentence? 可唔可以幫我影張相?(ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 bong1 ngo5 jing2 zoeng1 soeng2). Can you take my picture? Now let’s practice with another useful phrase. Can I buy you a drink? To buy a drink is 飲杯嘢(jam2 bui1 je5), 飲杯嘢(jam2 bui1 je5). So to buy a drink for you is 請你飲杯嘢(ceng2 nei5 jam2 bui1 je5). Can I buy a drink for you? 可唔可以請你飲杯嘢?(ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 ceng2 nei5 jam2 bui1 je5) Let’s hear it again. 可唔可以請你飲杯嘢?(ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 ceng2 nei5 jam2 bui1 je5) Can I buy a drink for you?
Great. Now you know how to ask for permissions to take pictures or invite someone to dinner or out for drinks and now it’s time for our regular test. I will give you the English and you give us the Cantonese. Can I take your picture 可唔可以幫你影張相?(ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 bong1 nei5 jing2 zoeng1 soeng2) Can I buy you dinner? 可唔可以請你食餐飯?(ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 ceng2 nei5 sik6 caan1 faan6) Can I buy a drink for you? 可唔可以請你飲杯嘢?(ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 ceng2 nei5 jam2 bui1 je5) All right, that’s about does it for today. Remember to stop by cantoneseclass101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF and if you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment. Bye bye.

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CantoneseClass101.com
Monday at 6:30 pm
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what's the typical Cantonese phrase you say when asking someone if they'd like to have dinner with you?

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Friday at 8:34 am
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Hi Steven,


不如一齊食飯吖? is the casual way to ask someone to have dinner with you.


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Wednesday at 11:48 am
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Hi Patrick,


Thank you for your question.


Just in case you meet Jackie Chan, you can say

可唔可以同你影相? (ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 tung4 nei5 jing2 soeng2) Can I take a picture with you?


可唔可以(ho2 m4 ho2 ji5) ~ Can or cannot

同你(tung4 nei5) ~ with you

影(jing2) ~ take

相(zoeng1 soeng2) ~ a picture


可唔可以影你相? (ho2 m4 ho2 ji3 jing2 nei5 soeng2) “can I take a picture of you?”

可唔可以同你影相? (ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 tung4 nei5 jing2 soeng2) Can I take a picture with you?


If you want to take the picture "with" them, adding "同你(tung4 nei5) ~ with you" in the question is a better way.


Feel free to send us any other questions.


Siuling

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Patrick
Wednesday at 6:00 pm
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Hello,


What if you want to specifically ask to take a picture with someone else? (Just in case I meet Jackie Chan and I want to show off my Cantonese haha)


Would you just use "ho2 m4 ho2 ji3 jing2 nei5 soeng2" and then just take the picture with them or is there a better way of saying it?


Thanks,

Patrick

CantoneseClass101
Thursday at 1:29 am
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Hi billy walton,


Oh! Good observation! Yes it literally means "can I help you take a picture?", and commonly used for taking a picture for someone using that person's camera.

Sorry for the confusion, we've updated the line-by-line section.


In some occasions this sentence can mean "can I take your picture", for instance, if you see a pretty model and want to take a photo of her but keep it for yourself, we can use this sentence too, or, a more colloquial way to ask is 可唔可以影你相? (ho2 m4 ho2 ji3 jing2 nei5 soeng2) "can I take a picture of you?"


Olivia

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billy walton
Monday at 7:23 pm
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hi


ho2 m4 ho2 ji3 bong1 nei5 jing2 zoeng1 soeng2


does bong1 translate to 'help'? if so, how does it fit in with 'can i take your picture?' and not, 'can i help you take a picture?' with regard to taking a picture for yourself to keep, or helping someone take a picture using their camera for their own benefit and for them to keep?

Fuji
Tuesday at 12:08 am
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audio is not playing - seems to be an error.

Doug
Tuesday at 1:41 pm
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Re: audio links


Thanks Dave,

Doug

trevelyan
Saturday at 12:27 pm
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Doug,


Thanks for pointing this out. We'll doublecheck to make sure it is being taken care of since yes -- this stuff should absolutely be here!


--dave

Doug
Friday at 1:08 pm
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There are still no audio links in most of the survival phrases lessons for:

* Line-By-Line Audio Transcript

* Vocabulary List with Audio

* Expansion with Audio

* Flashcards


These are some of the most useful features of the premium membership.

Is this going to be fixed soon?


Thanks,

Doug

Jamie
Thursday at 3:48 pm
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I thought it meant fragrant harbour? ;)


It was certainly fragrant this morning when I got off the ferry. Sulphur dioxide, I think it was.