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.
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.
m4 hou2 heoi3 ！
kei5 hai2 dou6 ！
gwo3 lai4 ！
heoi3 go2 dou6 ！
|Enter (the room)!||入嚟！|
jap6 lai4 ！
zing6 di1 ！
hoeng3 cin4 hang4
dang2 dang2 ！
ngo5 dei6 hang4 laa1 ！
siu2 sam1 ！
co5 dai1 ！
|Let me show you!||等我俾你睇！|
dang2 ngo5 bei2 nei5 tai2 ！
ting3 zyu6 ！
|Write it down!||寫低！|
se2 dai1 ！
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Below is a list of 20 words about different places. Useful when talking about going somewhere.
|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
Below is a list of 26 words about different household terms, including rooms, kitchen appliances ... etc.
tin1 faa1 baan2
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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!
|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
waan2 dak1 hoi1 sam1 di1
zuk1 nei5 hou2 wan6 ！
saang1 jat6 faai3 lok6 ！
|Happy new year!||新年快樂！|
san1 nin4 faai3 lok6 ！
sing3 daan3 faai3 lok6 ！
gung1 hei2 ！
|Enjoy! (before eating)||食飯|
|Bless you (when sneezing)||小心身體／利是利是|
siu2 sam1 san1 tai2 ／ lei6 si6 lei6 si6
zuk1 jat1 cit3 seon6 lei6 ！
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.