Common Cantonese phrases

Discussion in 'Asia' started by NileGuide, Apr 16, 2011.  |  Print Topic

  1. Its a lifesaver to have a few common Cantonese phrases handy when you are in Hong Kong:
    Hello – ‘Nei Ho’
    Yes – ‘Hai’
    No- ‘Mm Hai’
    I know- ‘Zhi Dough’
    Don’t know – ‘Mm Zhi Dough’
    Thank you – ‘Mm Goi’
    Sorry – ‘Deoi Mm Zhu’
    Men’s toilet – ‘Larm Chi’
    Women’s toilet – ‘Nui Chi’
    Currency exchange – ‘Zhao whun deem’
    When you are done with the finger pointing and want to know how to refer to yourself and other people in Cantonese:
    You – ‘Nei’
    Me – ‘Nhor’
    Him – ‘Kui’
    We – ‘Ngor Dey’
    Or how to ask for directions for public transport:
    Where is (destination name)? – ‘(Destination name) hai been’
    How do I get to (destination) – ‘(Destination) dim hui’
    How long is the trip? – ‘Gei loi’
    Where do I get off? – ‘Been doe lok cher’
    Cantonese phrases tailored for Hong Kong shopping 101:
    How much – ‘Gey Chin?’
    Can I try? – ‘Hor mm hor yee see har?’
    I want this one – ‘Lee Gor’
    I want that one – ‘Gor gore’
    Cheaper! – ‘Peng D’
    Too expensive – ‘Tai Gwai’
    Give me discount – ‘Dar gore git tau’
    Eating out at local tradition Chinese restaurants:
    Menu – ‘Chan Pai’
    Whats the signature dish? – ‘Jill Pai choi hai mut?’
    I want what he is having (coupled by finger pointing at what that person sitting next to you is having) – ‘Mm goi tong kui yat yeung’
    Still raw – ‘Mei Shook’
    Small stir fry dishes – ‘Siu Choi’
    Nissan Ramen/ instant noodles – ‘Choot Chin Yat Ding’
    Tissue please – ‘Zhi ghan’
    Spoon – ‘Zhi gan’
    Chopsticks – ‘Fai zhi’
    Fork – ‘Char’
    Cup – ‘Buew’
    Sugar – ‘Tong’
    Salt – ‘Yim’
    Salty – ‘Tai harm’
    Too bland – ‘Tai tam’
    Spicy/hot/chilli – ‘Laat’
    Sour – ‘Shuen’
    Bitter – ‘Fu’
    Hot – ‘Yit’
    Cold – ‘Dong’

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