Cantonese Lesson 11 (Nouns and Jobs)

Duration: 30 mins

This 11th lesson teaches an important part of speech aspect in Cantonese which is the noun. Also included is a list of vocabulary about jobs and finally some common phrases. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Cantonese Classes.


Nouns are the most used words in Cantonese. They consist of about 35% of part of speech in term of usage. They can help describe living creatures, objects, places, actions, qualities, states of existence, or ideas.

Below is a list of some nouns that you might come across or use very often. That includes some singular and plural forms, as well as feminine and masculine forms. The table contains 3 columns (English, Cantonese, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Nouns in Cantonese

Nouns Cantonese
neoi5 jan4 
neoi5 si6 mun4 
maa1 maa1 
zi2 mui6 
syu1 / hou2 do1 syu1 
sing1 sing1 
taai3 joeng4 

The following are nouns used in a full sentence. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.

Cantonese Nouns in a Sentence

English Cantonese
I have a dog我有一隻狗
ngo5 jau5 jat1 zek3 gau2 
I speak Italian我講意大利文
ngo5 gong2 ji3 daai6 lei6 man4 
I live in America我住係美國
ngo5 zyu6 hai6 mei5 gwok3 
This is my wife呢個係我老婆
ne1 go3 hai6 ngo5 lou5 po4 
This is my husband呢個係我丈夫
ne1 go3 hai6 ngo5 zoeng6 fu1 
Can you close the door?你可唔可以閂門?
nei5 ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 saan1 mun4 ?


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Vocabulary List about Jobs

Below is a list of jobs and occupations in Cantonese. At the end of the list, there will be examples where those terms are used in a sentence.

Jobs in Cantonese

naam4 jin2 jyun4 
neoi5 jin2 jyun4 
ngai6 seot6 gaa1 
soeng1 jan4 
ji1 saang1 
gung1 cing4 si1 
wu6 si6 
ging2 caat3 
go1 sau2 
hok6 saang1 
lou5 si1 
faan1 jik6 jyun4 


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Daily Conversation in Cantonese

Finally, a list of some commonly used phrases. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Cantonese Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Cantonese

English Cantonese
He is a policeman佢係一個警察
keoi5 hai6 jat1 go3 ging2 caat3 
I have a long experience我有好多年經驗
ngo5 jau5 hou2 do1 nin4 ging1 jim6 
I'm a new employee我係新嚟嘅員工
ngo5 hai6 san1 lai4 ge3 jyun4 gung1 
I'm an artist我係一個藝術家
ngo5 hai6 jat1 go3 ngai6 seot6 gaa1 
I'm looking for a job我搵緊工
ngo5 wan2 gan2 gung1 
She is a singer佢係一個歌手
keoi5 hai6 jat1 go3 go1 sau2 
What's that called in French?呢樣嘢法文點講?
ne1 joeng6 je5 faat3 man4 dim2 gong2 ?
I have a reservation我訂咗位
ngo5 deng6 zo2 wai2 
I have to go我要走啦
ngo5 jiu3 zau2 laa1 
Where do you live?你住喺邊度?
nei5 zyu6 hai2 bin1 dou6 ?
Spanish is easy to learn西班牙文好易學
sai1 baan1 ngaa4 man4 hou2 ji6 hok6 

Fun Facts

Language Quote: ❝One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.❞ ‒Frank Smith

Congratulations! You finished your 11th lesson in Cantonese about nouns, and jobs. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Cantonese Lesson 12. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Cantonese homepage.