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A: Top 25 Cantonese Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 2: Where are you from? 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. 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 Where are you from? In Cantonese this is
B: 你邊度嚟㗎?
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: 邊度
A: meaning “where.”
B: (Slow, by syllable) 邊度
A: Now repeat.
B: 邊度
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
B: 你邊度
{pause}
And next
B: 嚟
A: meaning “to come.”
B: (Slow, by syllable) 嚟
A: Now repeat.
B: 嚟
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
B: 你邊度嚟
{pause}
Next is
B: 㗎
A: which is, a particle that indicates question or doubt.
B: (Slow, by syllable) 㗎
A: Now repeat.
B: 㗎
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
B: 你邊度嚟㗎
{pause}
A: You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question “Where are you from?”
B: 我美國嚟嘅。
A: "I'm from the U.S.” Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
B: (Slow) 我美國嚟嘅。
{pause}
A: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
B: 我
A: means “I. “
B: (Slow, by syllable) 我
A: Now repeat
B: 我
{Pause}
A: And next
B: 美國
which is “America” or “U.S.”
B: (Slow, by syllable) 美國
A:Now repeat.
B: 美國
{Pause}
A: Next is
B: 嚟
meaning “to come.”
B: (Slow, by syllable) 嚟
A:Now repeat.
B: 嚟
{Pause}
A: And next
B: 嘅
A: This is a final particle that implies assertion with emphasis.
B: (Slow, by syllable) 嘅
A:Now repeat.
B: 嘅
{Pause}
A: Listen to the speaker say, “I'm from the U.S.”, and then repeat.
B: 我美國嚟嘅。
{pause}
A: To expand on the pattern, replace the U.S with England.
B: 英國
A: England
B: (slow) 英國 (regular) 英國
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “England”
B: 我英國嚟嘅。
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the U.S with England. Say “I'm from England.”
{pause}
B: 我英國嚟嘅。
A: To use a different phrase, replace England with “China.”
B: 中國
A: China
B: (slow) 中國 (regular) 中國
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “China.”
B: 我中國嚟嘅。
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace England with China. Say I'm from China.
{pause}
B: 我中國嚟嘅。
A: To expand on the pattern, replace China with Germany.
B: 德國
A: Germany
B: (slow) 德國 (regular) 德國
A: Listen to the phrase again, this time with Germany
B: 我德國嚟嘅。
A: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace China with Germany. Say “I'm from Germany.”
{pause}
B: 我德國嚟嘅。
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Hong Kong and someone asks you where you're from. You're from the U.S. Respond to the question.
B: 你邊度嚟㗎? (five seconds) 我美國嚟嘅。
A: Now, imagine you're from England. Respond to the question.
B: 你邊度嚟㗎? (five seconds) 我英國嚟嘅。
A: Now, imagine you're from China. Answer the speaker's question.
B: 你邊度嚟㗎? (five seconds) 我中國嚟嘅。
A: Imagine you're from Germany. Respond to the question.
B: 你邊度嚟㗎? (five seconds) 我德國嚟嘅。
A: Now you want to ask that person where they're from. Ask the question.
(5 seconds)
B: 你邊度嚟㗎?
A: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
B: 你邊度嚟㗎?
A: This is the end of Lesson 2

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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Where Are You From? in Cantonese

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Saturday at 04:11 PM
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Hello Kim,


Thanks for your questions. 😉

韓國 (hon4 gwok3) ~ Korea

韓國人 (hon4 gwok3 jan4) ~ Korean


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Kim
Thursday at 09:28 PM
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你好 CantoneseClass 老師😄


廣廣東話點講 Korea 呀?

東話點講 Korean 呀?

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Sunday at 03:46 PM
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Hello Nick


Thank you for your comment.


我嚟自 意大利同英國。(ngo5 lei4 zi6 ji3 daai6 lei6 tung4 jing1 gwok3.)

I am from Italy and England.


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Nick
Saturday at 08:21 AM
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ngo5 e1 ta3 li3 (Italy) tung4 mai4 ying1 gwok3 lei4 ge3.

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Sunday at 12:36 PM
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Hello António,


普通話(pou2 tung1 waa2)~ putonghua


They have the similar meaning.

我中國嚟嘅.(ngo5 zung1 gwok3 lei4 ge3.) ~ I am from China.

我嚟自中國.(ngo5 lei4 zi6 zung1 gwok3.) ~ I come from China.


你邊度嚟㗎? (nei5 bin1 dou6 lei4 gaa3?)~ When are you from?

你住喺邊?(nei5 zyu6 hai2 bin1?) ~ Where do you live?


Siuling

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António
Saturday at 10:19 PM
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Hello,


How do you say "Portugal" in Cantonese?


What's the difference between, for example: "ngo5 zung1 gwok3 lei4 ge3" and "ngo5 lei4 zi6 zung1 gwok3" ? Are these equivalent expressions?


And the difference between, for exemple: "nei5 bin1 dou6 lei4 gaa3?" and "nei5 zyu6 hai2 bin1?"


m4 goi1 👍

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Saturday at 05:05 PM
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Hello Lykke,


Denmark in Cantonese is 丹麥(daan1 mak6).

Danish in Cantonese is 丹麥人(daan1 mak6 jan4) ~ the people in Denmark (noun)

Scandinavia in Cantonese is 斯堪地那維亞(si1 ham1 dei6 naa5 wai4 aa3)


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Lykke
Sunday at 07:40 AM
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Hello Team CantoneseClass,


How do you say "Denmark" and "Danish" in Cantonese? And does Cantonese have a word for "Scandinavia"?

Cantoneseclass@101.com
Saturday at 10:51 PM
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Hello Irene,


1. “Where in China are you from”? 你鄉下喺邊? (nei5 hoeng1 haa2 hai2 bin1?)~ Where is your hometown?


2. “Which province are you from?” 你嚟自邊個省份?(nei5 lei4 zi6 bin1 go3 saang2 fan6?)


3. “Which city are you from?” 你嚟自邊個城市?(nei5 lei4 zi6 bin1 go3 sing4 si5?)


Feel free to send us any other questions.


Siuling

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Irene
Saturday at 05:51 AM
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If a person responds to 你邊度嚟㗎?with 我嚟自中國


how can I follow up with


1. "Where in China are you from"?


2. "Which province are you from?"


3. 2. "Which city are you from?"


Thanks!