The 6th lesson teaches counting in cardinal and ordinal numbers in Cantonese. I also included a vocabulary list about school and finally common daily 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.
Knowing how to count in Cantonese is essential and should be one of first things to learn. By simply knowing numbers from 1 to 9 you could express large numbers in a simplified way. Cardinal numbers are for counting such as "1, 2, 3 ...". Ordinal numbers represent order or rank such as "1st, 2nd, 3rd ...".
Below is a list of the first 20 cardinal and ordinal numbers 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.
dai6 sap6 jat1
dai6 sap6 ji6
dai6 sap6 saam1
dai6 sap6 sei3
dai6 sap6 ng5
dai6 sap6 luk6
dai6 sap6 cat1
dai6 sap6 baat3
dai6 sap6 gau2
dai6 ji6 sap6
|Thirty three (31)||三十三|
saam1 sap6 saam1
|One hundred (100)||一百|
|Three hundred and sixty (360)||三百六十|
saam1 baak3 luk6 sap6
|One thousand (1000)||一千|
|Two thousand and fourteen (2014)||二千零一十四|
ji6 cin1 ling4 jat1 sap6 sei3
jat1 baak3 maan6
Now we will try to implement some of the numbers above into full Cantonese sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.
|I'm 30 years old||我三十歲|
ngo5 saam1 sap6 seoi3
|I have 2 sisters and 1 brother||我有兩個姐妹同埋一個兄弟。|
ngo5 jau5 loeng5 go3 ze2 mui6 tung4 maai4 jat1 go3 hing1 dai6 。
|English is my first language||英文係我嘅母語|
jing1 man4 hai6 ngo5 ge3 mou5 jyu5
|Her second language is Spanish||佢第二語言係西班牙文。|
keoi5 dai6 ji6 jyu5 jin4 hai6 sai1 baan1 ngaa4 man4 。
If you have any questions, please contact me using the Cantonese contact form on the header above.
Below is a list of 26 words related to school and classrooms. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able communicate to a teacher/students many objects in your class.
syu1 ／ hou2 do1 syu1
tou4 syu1 gun2
|Notebook (paper notebook)||筆記簿|
bat1 gei3 bou6
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Finally, a couple bonus sentences that you might find useful. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Cantonese Phrases page. Enjoy!
|I have a question||我有問題|
ngo5 jau5 man6 tai4
lei5 gaai2 ／ ming4 baak6
|What's the name of that book?||嗰本書叫咩名?|
go2 bun2 syu1 giu3 me1 ming4 ?
|What do you do for a living?||你做咩㗎？／你做盛行？|
nei5 zou6 me1 gaa2 ？／ nei5 zou6 sing6 hang4 ？
|I'm a (teacher / artist / engineer)||我係一個 教師/藝術家/工程師|
ngo5 hai6 jat1 go3 gaau3 si1 /ngai6 seot6 gaa1 /gung1 cing4 si1
|Oh! That's good!||哬！太好啦!|
哬 ！taai3 hou2 laa1 !
|Can I practice with you?||我可唔可以同你一齊練習？|
ngo5 ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 tung4 nei5 jat1 cai4 lin6 zaap6 ？
Language Quote: Approximately one new word is added to the English language every two hours and around 4,000 new words are added to the English dictionary every year.
Congratulations! You finished your 6th lesson in Cantonese about numbers, and school terms. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Cantonese Lesson 7. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Cantonese homepage.