Adverbs

Cantonese Lesson 18 (Adverbs and Animals)

Duration: 30 mins

In this 18th lesson we will explore the Cantonese adverbs, vocabulary list about animals and finally farewell phrases. We will be using both vocabulary and grammar to ensure that you know how to use 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.

Adverbs

In addition to adjectives, adverbs are very essential. This includes adverbs of time ", frequency, manner and place. It can make it easy to have a conversation about different topics by simply knowing some key words such as "yesterday", "always", "quickly", "here" etc. Adverbs can modify adjectives and verbs.

Below is a list of 30 adverbs 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.

Adverbs List in Cantonese

Adverbs Cantonese
Already已經
ji5 ging1 
Immediately馬上
maa5 soeng5 
Last night手提電腦
sau2 tai4 din6 nou5 
Later最近
zeoi3 gan6 
Next week下星期
haa6 sing1 kei4 
Now而家
ji4 gaa1 
Soon好快
hou2 faai3 
Still仍然
jing4 jin4 
This morning今朝早
gam1 ciu4 zou2 
Today今日
gam1 jat6 
Tomorrow聽日
ting3 jat6 
Tonight今晚
gam1 maan5 
Yesterday噚日
cam4 jat6 
Yet仲未
zung6 mei6 
Anywhere任何地方
jam6 ho4 dei6 fong1 
Everywhere周圍
zau1 wai4 
Here呢度
ne1 dou6 
There嗰度
go2 dou6 
Almost幾乎
gei2 fu4 
Alone自已一個
zi6 ji5 jat1 go3 
Carefully小心
siu2 sam1 
Quickly好快
hou2 faai3 
Really真係
zan1 hai6 
Slowly慢慢
maan6 maan6 
Together一齊
jat1 cai4 
Very
hou2 
Always經常
ging1 soeng4 
Never永不
wing5 bat1 
Rarely好少
hou2 siu2 
Sometimes有時
jau5 si4 

Let's put some of the adverbs above into full Cantonese sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.

Cantonese Adverbs in a Sentence

English Cantonese
Do you like it here?你鐘唔鐘意呢度?
nei5 zung1 m4 zung1 ji3 ne1 dou6 ?
See you later!遲啲見
ci4 di1 gin3 
Thank you very much!好多謝(to thank for a gift) 真係唔該晒(to thank for a favour)
hou2 do1 ze6 (to  thank  for  a  gift ) zan1 hai6 m4 goi1 saai3 (to  thank  for  a  favour )
I really like it!我真係好鐘意!
ngo5 zan1 hai6 hou2 zung1 ji3 !

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Vocabulary List about Animals

Here is a list of 25 words related to farm and wild animals as well as insects. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to talk about pets you have in the house or farm.

Animals List in Cantonese

Animals Cantonese
Animal動物
dung6 mat6 
Bear
hung4 
Bird雀仔
zoek3 zai2 
Butterfly蝴蝶
wu4 dip6 
Cat
maau1 
Cow
ngau4 
Dog
gau2 
Donkey
leoi4 
Eagle
jing1 
Elephant
zoeng6 
Farm農場
nung4 coeng4 
Forest森林
sam1 lam4 
Goat山羊
saan1 joeng4 
Horse
maa5 
Insect昆蟲
kwan1 cung4 
Lion獅子
si1 zi2 
Monkey馬騮
maa5 lau4 
Mosquito
man1 
Mouse老鼠
lou5 syu2 
Rabbit
tou3 
Sheep (plural)綿羊
min4 joeng4 
Snake
se4 
Spider蜘蛛
zi1 zyu1 
Tiger老虎
lou5 fu2 

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Daily Conversation in Cantonese

Finally, a list of sentences using the vocabulary used in this lesson plus some bonus phrases. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Cantonese Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Cantonese

English Cantonese
Do you have any animals?你有冇養動物?
nei5 jau5 mou5 joeng5 dung6 mat6 ?
Do you sell dog food?你有冇賣狗糧?
nei5 jau5 mou5 maai6 gau2 loeng4 ?
I have a dog我有一隻狗
ngo5 jau5 jat1 zek3 gau2 
Monkeys are funny馬騮好得意
maa5 lau4 hou2 dak1 ji3 
She likes cats佢鍾意貓
keoi5 zung1 ji3 maau1 
Tigers are fast老虎跑得好快
lou5 fu2 paau2 dak1 hou2 faai3 
Bad
caa1 
Happy開心
hoi1 sam1 
Sad傷心
soeng1 sam1 
Thank you!多謝(to thank for a gift) 唔該(to thank for a favour)
do1 ze6 (to  thank  for  a  gift ) m4 goi1 (to  thank  for  a  favour )
You're welcome! (in response to "thank you")唔駛客氣
m4 sai2 haak3 hei3 
Have a nice day!祝你今日過得開心
zuk1 nei5 gam1 jat6 gwo3 dak1 hoi1 sam1 
Good night!早抖
zou2 dau2 
Have a good trip!一路順風
jat1 lou6 seon6 fung1 
It was nice talking to you!好開心識到你
hou2 hoi1 sam1 sik1 dou3 nei5 

Fun Facts

Did you know? Commonly used adverbs constitute about 15% of sentences in Cantonese. That means they should not be ignored because sooner or later you will need to use them.

Congratulations! You finished your 18th lesson in Cantonese about adverbs, and animals. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Cantonese Vocabulary. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Cantonese homepage.