This is the 12th lesson about Cantonese verbs, as well as time expressions such as hours, days, and months. Finally some simple 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.
Before we move on to lessons about the present, past, and future, we need to discuss verbs in general. The verb is the second most used part of speech after the noun. That means we need to pay more attention to its different forms and tenses.
Below is a list of 16 verbs that you might come across or use very often. They are in their raw format (not conjugated yet). 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.
ngoi3 ／ zung1 ji3
ming4 baak6 ／ lei5 gaai2
|He understands me||佢明白我|
keoi5 ming4 baak6 ngo5
|He understood me||佢（以前）明白我|
keoi5 （ji5 cin4 ）ming4 baak6 ngo5
|He will understand me||佢會明白我|
keoi5 wui2 ming4 baak6 ngo5
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Below is a list of 30 words related to time such as hours, days and months. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to discuss time related topics more easily.
sing1 kei4 jat1
sing1 kei4 ji6
sing1 kei4 saam1
sing1 kei4 sei3
sing1 kei4 ng5
sing1 kei4 luk6
sing1 kei4 jat6
sap6 jat1 jyut6
sap6 ji6 jyut6
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Finally, here are some popular phrases you might need to use daily. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Cantonese Phrases page. Enjoy!
|I was born in July||我係七月出世|
ngo5 hai6 cat1 jyut6 ceot1 sai3
|I will visit you in August||我八月會嚟探你|
ngo5 baat3 jyut6 wui2 lai4 taam3 nei5
|See you tomorrow!||聽日見|
ting3 jat6 gin3
|Today is Monday||今日係星期一|
gam1 jat6 hai6 sing1 kei4 jat1
|Winter is very cold here||呢度冬天好凍|
ne1 dou6 dung1 tin1 hou2 dung3
|Yesterday was Sunday||噚日係星期日|
cam4 jat6 hai6 sing1 kei4 jat6
|Are you married?||你結咗婚未?|
nei5 git3 zo2 fan1 mei6 ?
ngo5 hai6 daan1 san1 ge3
|Would you marry me?||你可唔可以嫁俾我?|
nei5 ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 gaa3 bei2 ngo5 ?
|Can I have your phone number?||你可唔可以俾你個電話號碼我?|
nei5 ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 bei2 nei5 go3 din6 waa6 hou6 maa5 ngo5 ?
|Can I have your email?||你可唔可以俾你個電郵地址我?|
nei5 ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 bei2 nei5 go3 din6 jau4 dei6 zi2 ngo5 ?
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Congratulations! You finished your 12th lesson in Cantonese about verbs, and time. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Cantonese Lesson 13. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Cantonese homepage.