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Glossary of Cantonese

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What's up?
dim a
Thank you!
m goi (for a service)
do jie (for a gift) - Lit. many thanks
You're welcome.
m sai
How are you?
nei hou ma
Have you eaten yet?
nei sik zhou fan mei a?
How have you been lately?
Zhoy ghen dim a - Lit. most near how
Bon appetit!
sik fan
Bye.
bai bai
Hello?
wei (answering the telephone)
I'm from...
ngo hai (country) lai ga
I'm... years old.
ngo (number) souy
See you tomorrow!
ting yet ghin
Good morning.
zhou san
Bill, please.
m goi mai dan (in a restaurant)
Here you go.
la
I love you.
ngo oi nei
How do you say (this) in Cantonese?
(li go) hai gon dung wa dim gon a?
Could you speak slower please?
tsen lei gon man di
zero, one
two
three
four
five
six
seven
eight
nine, ten







ling4, yat1
yi6
leung5
saam1
sei3
m5
luk6
chat1
baat3, gau2







twenty
thirty
one hundred
one thousand
ten thousand
-th
1/2





yi6 sap6 / ya6
saam1 sap6
yat1 baak3
yat1 chin1
yat1 maan6
dai6
bun3





hey!
wai/wei6
hello (on phone)
wai/wei2
hello (formal)
nei5 hou2
how are you? (formal)
nei5 hou2 ma3
How have you been lately?
ni1 paai4 dim2 a3?
or
jeui3 gan6 dim2 a3

How have you been lately? (formal)
ni1 paai4
or
jeui3 gan6 gei2 hou2 ma?

Good morning
jou2 san4
Good night
jou2 tau2
Bye!
baai1 baai3
Bye! (formal)
joi3 gin3
See you later!
chi4 di1 gin3
See you tomorrow!
tin1 yat6 gin3
My name is...
ngo5 giu3 ...
I'm ... years old
ngo5 ... seui3
I'm from...
ngo5 hai2 ... lei4 ga3
Thank you!
m5 goi1
you're welcome
m4 sai2 haak3 hei3
Have you eaten yet? (greeting)
nei5 sik6 jo2 faan6 mei6 a3?
How do you say ... in Cantonese?
yung6 gwong2 dung1 wa2 dim2 gong2 a3
Do you understand?
nei5 ming4 m4 ming4 a3?
Can you understand (what was said)?
nei5 teng1 dak1 ming4 ma3?
Sorry!
m4 hou2 yi3 si1/3
or more seriously,
deui3 m4 jyu6

I don't understand.
Ngo5 m4 ming4
I can't understand (what was said).
ngo5 teng1 m4 ming4
Any questions?
yau5 mou5 man6 tai4
Could you say that once again?
cheng2 nei5 joi3 gong2 do1 yat1 ci3.
Could you speak slower?
cheng2 nei5 gong2 maan6 di1
Could you speak louder?
Cheng2 nei5 gong2 daai6 seng1 di1
Could you please...?
cheng2/ma4faan4 nei5...
Please...!
m4goi1...!
Excuse me, I wanna ask...
cheng2 man6
or
m4hoi1, ngo5 seung2 man6

What are you up to?
jou6 gan2 mat1 ye5 a3
Where are you going?
heui3 bin1 dou6 a3
Are you going to class?
nei5 hai8 m4 hai6 heui6 seung5 tong4 a3?
Are you going home?
nei5 hai6 m4 hai6 faan1 uk1 kei2 a3?
Do you want to study together?
yat1 chai4 wan1 syu1 hou2 m4 hou2 a3?
Let's go grab some dim sum sometime.
dak1 haan4 cheut1 lai4 yam2 cha4
Call me! (when your free)
dak1 haan4 ko1 ngo5
or (redundantly)
dak1 haan4 da2 (din6 wa6) bei2 ngo5

Awesome!
hou2 sai1 lei6
Put on some clothes (stay warm).
jeuk3 do1 gin6 saam1
You look good today.
nei5 gam1 yat6 hou2 leng3 wo3
Hurry up!
faai3 di1 la1!
Help!
gau3 meng6
Where is the nearest restroom?
fu6 gan6 bin1 dou3 yau5 sai2 sau2 gaan1 / chi3 so2?
I don't speak Cantonese.
ngo5 m4 sik1 gong2 gwong2 dung1 wa6
I speak a little Cantonese
ngo5 sik1 gong2 siu2 siu2 gwong2 dung1 wa6
I speak Cantonese fluently
ngo5 di1 gwong2 dung1 wa6 hou2 lau4 lei6 ga3!
I want to go home.
ngo5 seung2 faan1 uk1 kei2.
I don't feel well.
ngo5 m4 syu1 fuk6
I am happy.
ngo5 hou2 hoi1 sam1
I am unhappy.
ngo5 hou2 m3 hoi1 sam1
I am angry.
ngo5 hou2 nau1
I am sleepy.
ngo5 hou2 ngaan5 fan3
I want to cry.
ngo5 seung2 ham3
I like ____ (sleeping, playing video games, a person...).
ngo5 jung1 yi3 ___ (fan3 gaau3, da2 gei1, nei5...)
I miss ____ (someone e.g. you).
ngo5 hou2 gwa3 jyu6 ____ (nei5).

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