Imperative

Cantonese Lesson 16 (Imperative and Places)

Duration: 30 mins

This 16th lesson teaches the Cantonese imperative form. In addition you will find a vocabulary list about places and household objects. 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.

Imperative

Knowing the imperative form in Cantonese is a powerful skill. It can make it easy to ask someone to do something, and clarify what you want done.

Below is a list of 20 imperative forms and expressions that you might come across or use very often. 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.

The Imperative in Cantonese

Imperative Cantonese
Go!去!
heoi3 !
Stop!停!
ting4 !
Don't Go!唔好去!
m4 hou2 heoi3 !
Stay!企喺度!
kei5 hai2 dou6 !
Leave!走!
zau2 !
Come here!過嚟!
gwo3 lai4 !
Go there!去嗰度!
heoi3 go2 dou6 !
Enter (the room)!入嚟!
jap6 lai4 !
Speak!講!
gong2 !
Be quiet!靜啲!
zing6 di1 !
Turn right轉右
zyun2 jau6 
Turn left轉左
zyun2 zo2 
Go straight向前行
hoeng3 cin4 hang4 
Wait!等等!
dang2 dang2 !
Let's go!我地行啦!
ngo5 dei6 hang4 laa1 !
Be careful!小心!
siu2 sam1 !
Sit down!坐低!
co5 dai1 !
Let me show you!等我俾你睇!
dang2 ngo5 bei2 nei5 tai2 !
Listen!聽住!
ting3 zyu6 !
Write it down!寫低!
se2 dai1 !

Questions?

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Vocabulary List about Places

Below is a list of 20 words about different places. Useful when talking about going somewhere.

Places in Cantonese

Places Cantonese
Bank銀行
ngan4 hang4 
Beach沙灘
saa1 taan1 
Desert沙漠
saa1 mok6 
Earth地球
dei6 kau4 
Forest森林
sam1 lam4 
Garden花園
faa1 jyun4 
Hospital醫院
ji1 jyun2 
Island
dou2 
Lake
wu4 
Moon月亮
jyut6 loeng6 
Mountain
saan1 
River河流
ho4 lau4 
Sea海洋
hoi2 joeng4 
Sky天空
tin1 hung1 
Stars星星
sing1 sing1 
Sun太陽
taai3 joeng4 
I can see the stars我見到星星
ngo5 gin3 dou3 sing1 sing1 
I want to go to the beach我想去沙灘
ngo5 soeng2 heoi3 saa1 taan1 
The moon is full tonight今晚月圓
gam1 maan5 jyut6 jyun4 
This is a beautiful garden呢個花園好靚
ne1 go3 faa1 jyun4 hou2 leng3 

Vocabulary List about Household Terms

Below is a list of 26 words about different household terms, including rooms, kitchen appliances ... etc.

Places in Cantonese

Household Cantonese
Bed
cong4 
Bedroom睡房
seoi6 fong4 
Carpet地氈
dei6 zin1 
Ceiling天花板
tin1 faa1 baan2 
Chair
dang3 
Computer電腦
din6 nou5 
Desk書枱
syu1 toi4 
Door
mun4 
Furniture傢俬
gaa1 si1 
House
nguk1 
Kitchen廚房
cyu4 fong4 
Refrigerator雪櫃
syut3 gwai6 
Roof屋頂
nguk1 ding2 
Room房間
fong4 gaan1 
Stove爐頭
lou4 tau4 
Table
toi4 
Television電視
din6 si6 
Toilet廁所
ci3 so2 
Wall
coeng4 
Window
coeng1 

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Daily Conversation in Cantonese

Finally, here are some common expressions used to offer good wishes to someone. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Cantonese Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Cantonese

English Cantonese
Can you close the door?你可唔可以閂門?
nei5 ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 saan1 mun4 ?
Can you open the window?你可唔可以開窗
nei5 ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 hoi1 coeng1 
I need to use the computer我要用電腦
ngo5 jiu3 jung6 din6 nou5 
I need to use the toilet我要去廁所
ngo5 jiu3 heoi3 ci3 so2 
I'm watching television我睇緊電視
ngo5 tai2 gan2 din6 si6 
This room is very big呢間房好大
ne1 gaan1 fong4 hou2 daai6 
Holiday Wishes玩得開心啲
waan2 dak1 hoi1 sam1 di1 
Good luck!祝你好運!
zuk1 nei5 hou2 wan6 !
Happy birthday!生日快樂!
saang1 jat6 faai3 lok6 !
Happy new year!新年快樂!
san1 nin4 faai3 lok6 !
Merry Christmas!聖誕快樂!
sing3 daan3 faai3 lok6 !
Congratulations!恭喜!
gung1 hei2 !
Enjoy! (before eating)食飯
sik6 faan6 
Bless you (when sneezing)小心身體/利是利是
siu2 sam1 san1 tai2 / lei6 si6 lei6 si6 
Best wishes!祝一切順利!
zuk1 jat1 cit3 seon6 lei6 !

Fun Facts

Language Quote: ❝Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.❞ ‒Rita Mae Brown

Congratulations! You finished your 16th lesson in Cantonese about the imperative form, places and household items. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Cantonese Lesson 17. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Cantonese homepage.