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A: Top 25 Cantonese Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 1: What's your name? in Cantonese. In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for Cantonese learners, and then learn how to answer it like a native speaker. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations..
In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question “What's your name?” In Cantonese this is
B: 你叫咩名?
The first word in the question is
B: 你
A: meaning “you” in English.
B: (Slow, by syllable) 你
A: Listen again and repeat.
B: 你
{Pause}
A: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
B: 叫
A: meaning “to call”, or “to be called.”
B: (Slow, by syllable) 叫
A: Now repeat.
B: 叫
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
B: 你叫
{pause}
Next is
B: 咩
A: meaning “what.”
B: (Slow, by syllable) 咩
A: Now repeat.
B: 咩
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
B: 你叫咩
{pause}
And next
B: 名
A: meaning “name”
B: (Slow, by syllable) 名
A: Now repeat.
B: 名
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
B: 你叫咩名?
A: It literally means "You’re called what name?”
{pause}
A: You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question What's your name?
B: 我叫欣怡。
A: "My name is Yan-yee.” It literally means “I’m called Yan-yee.” Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
B: (Slow) 我叫欣怡。
{pause}
A: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
B: 我
A: meaning “I”.
B: (Slow, by syllable) 我
A: Now repeat
B: 我
{Pause}
A: And next
B: 叫
meaning “to be called.”
B: (Slow, by syllable) 叫
A:Now repeat.
B: 叫
{Pause}
A: And next
B: 欣怡
which is the female name “Yan-yee.”
B: (Slow, by syllable) 欣怡
A:Now repeat.
B: 欣怡
{Pause}
A: Listen to the speaker say, “My name is Yan-yee.”, and then repeat.
B: 我叫欣怡。
{pause}
A: To expand on the pattern, replace Yan-yee with Chun-kit.
B: 俊傑
A: Chun-kit
B: (slow) 俊傑 (regular) 俊傑
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with Chun-kit
B: 我叫俊傑。
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace Yan-yee with Chun-kit. Say “My name is Chun-kit.”
{pause}
B: 我叫俊傑。
A: To expand on the pattern, replace Chun-kit with Wing-shan.
B: 詠珊
A: Wing-shan
B: (slow) 詠珊 (regular) 詠珊
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with Wing-shan
B: 我叫詠珊。
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the name Chun-kit with Wing-shan. Say “My name is Wing-shan.”
{pause}
B: 我叫詠珊。
A: To expand on the pattern, replace Wing-shan with Wai-man.
B: 偉文
A: Wai-man
B: (slow) 偉文 (regular) 偉文
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with Wai-man.
B: 我叫偉文。
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the name Wing-shan with Wai-man. Say My name is Wai-man.
{pause}
B: 我叫偉文。
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you're visiting Hong Kong and someone asks your name. Your name is Yan-yee. Respond to the question.
B: 你叫咩名? (five seconds) 我叫欣怡。
A: Now, your name is Chun-kit. Respond to the question.
B: 你叫咩名? (five seconds) 我叫俊傑。
A: Imagine your name is Wing-shan. Answer the speaker's question.
B: 你叫咩名? (five seconds) 我叫詠珊。
A: Imagine your name is Wai-man. Respond to the question.
B: 你叫咩名? (five seconds) 我叫偉文。
A: You want to learn that person’s name. Ask the question.
(5 seconds)
B: 你叫咩名?
{pause}
A: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
B: 你叫咩名?
[pause]
A: This is the end of Lesson 1

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Friday at 06:30 PM
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What's Your Name? in Cantonese

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Wednesday at 04:40 PM
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Hello Tomas Lopez III,


Your Cantonese name is 湯瑪斯 (tong1 maa5 si1). Actually, it's very common to call the English name among HKers. And it's very normal for the names which have only one sound like "Tom", "Ben" with the pattern "阿Tom (aa3 Tom)" and "阿Ben (aa3 Ben)". 😁


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Tomas Lopez III
Tuesday at 07:09 PM
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Hello,


Can you help me say Thomas in Cantonese? Some native speakers say my name as "Tom-ah" sometimes, "ah-Tom."


Thanks.

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Wednesday at 01:14 AM
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Hello Valerie,


Here is your name in Cantonese: 華萊莉 (waa4 loi4 lei6) ~ Valerie

I hope you like it! 😉


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Valerie
Tuesday at 11:54 AM
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This is terrific! It's slow going, but I am trying to associate the written with the spoken. How would you write "Valerie" in Cantonese?

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Monday at 11:09 AM
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Hello Kim,


你叫甚麼名字?(nei5 giu3 sam6 mo1 ming4 zi6) is the written form of Cantonese. You can probably find this phrase in the print article.


你叫咩名?(nei5 giu3 me1 meng?) and 點稱呼?(dim2 cing1 fu1?) are more often used in the daily conversation.


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Kim
Monday at 07:26 PM
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Your Cantonese Dictionary gave this phrase for "What's your name?"


"nei5 giu3 sam6 mo1 ming4 zi6"


Can you provide an explanation of when to use that phrase instead of "nei5 giu3 me1 meng?" or "dim2 cing1 fu1?"

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Sunday at 01:07 PM
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Hello Calvin Marksman,


You are right! 👍👍

Lots of time you just hear people say 咩名呀?(me1 meng2 aa3?) It is a very colloquial common expression.

呀(aa3?) is an interrogative particle used in rhetorical question here.


Feel free to send us any other questions.


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Calvin Marksman
Wednesday at 12:52 PM
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Some was just saying...


Me meng aa


Is that more formal? Also should with use the "aa" after. That part is a little confusing

Cantoneseclass@101.com
Sunday at 08:51 AM
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Hello IL HUAN CHA,


Thank you for using Cantoneseclass101.com


車日煥(ce1 jat6 wun6)

And your wife's name in Cantonese is 金賢珠 (gam1 jin4 zyu1)


Please take a look of the lesson "Top 5 Tools for Learning Cantonese", there is information of the on line dictionary.

https://www.cantoneseclass101.com/lesson/all-about-11-top-5-tools-for-learning-cantonese/


Cantonese dictionary in Cantoneseclass101.com

https://www.cantoneseclass101.com/learningcenter/reference/dictionary/Cantonese+dictionary


Feel free to send us any other questions.


Siuling

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IL HUAN CHA
Sunday at 11:38 PM
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Hello!

My name is 車日煥 and My wife's name is 金賢珠.

I would like to know how to pronunce these names in Cantonese.


After knowing my wife's name, I can call my wife's name in Cantonese!


And Could you recommand me any nice On-line English-Cantonese Dictinary?


Thank you!