The 8th lesson contains the Cantonese pronouns including the subject, object and possessive forms. In addition, you will find a vocabulary list about travel and finally some general 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.
Pronouns are a must to learn because they are part of almost every sentence. They make up about 20% of the daily language use which includes the subject, object and possessive pronoun. If there is an lesson you should NOT skip, this would be one of them.
We will start with the subject pronouns since it's the most used of the 4 forms 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.
|I love you||我愛你|
ngo5 ngoi3 nei5
|She is beautiful||佢好靚女|
keoi5 hou2 leng3 neoi5
|They are dancing||佢地跳緊舞|
keoi5 dei6 tiu3 gan2 mou5
|We are happy||我地好開心|
ngo5 dei6 hou2 hoi1 sam1
Object pronouns are another important one you should make sure you master.
|Can you call us?||你可唔可以打電話俾我地？|
nei5 ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 daa2 din6 waa6 bei2 ngo5 dei6 ？
|Give me your phone number||俾你個電話號碼我|
bei2 nei5 go3 din6 waa6 hou6 maa5 ngo5
|I can give you my email||我可以俾我個電郵地址你|
ngo5 ho2 ji5 bei2 ngo5 go3 din6 jau4 dei6 zi2 nei5
|Tell him to call me||叫佢打電話俾我|
giu3 keoi5 daa2 din6 waa6 bei2 ngo5
Now we will discuss the possessive pronoun also called possessive determiners which is very straight forward and self explanatory. You use it when you want to express that something belongs to you but usually it comes before a noun.
ngo5 dei2 ge3
nei5 dei2 ge3
keoi5 dei2 ge3
|His email is...||佢個電郵地址係|
keoi5 go3 din6 jau4 dei6 zi2 hai6
|My phone number is...||我個電話號碼係|
ngo5 go3 din6 waa6 hou6 maa5 hai6
|Our dream is to visit Spain||我地嘅夢想係去西班牙|
ngo5 dei6 ge3 mung6 soeng2 hai6 heoi3 sai1 baan1 ngaa4
|Their country is beautiful||佢地個國家好靚|
keoi5 dei6 go3 gwok3 gaa1 hou2 leng3
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As for the possessive case of the pronoun, it is used differently because it does not have to come before a noun. Check out the examples!
ngo5 dei2 ge3
nei5 dei2 ge3
keoi5 dei2 ge3
|Is this pen yours?||呢支筆係唔係你㗎?|
ne1 zi1 bat1 hai6 m4 hai6 nei5 gaa2 ?
|The book is mine||本書係我嘅|
bun2 syu1 hai6 ngo5 ge3
|The shoes are hers||嗰對鞋係佢嘅|
go2 deoi3 haai4 hai6 keoi5 ge3
|Victory is ours||勝利係屬於我哋嘅|
sing3 lei6 hai6 suk6 jyu1 ngo5 dei2 ge3
Below is a list of 31 words and expressions related to travel such as means of transportation, lodging and tourism. If you memorize them by heart, you will be able to get around the country and ask for directions much easier than if you did not.
baa1 si6 zaam6
si1 jan4 leoi5 jau4
seon1 man6 cyu3
paak3 ce1 wai2
leoi5 hang4 zing3 gin6
heoi3 leoi5 hang4
fo2 ce1 zaam6
co5 fo2 ce1
co5 baa1 si6
co5 dik1 si6
co5 fei1 gei1
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Finally, a list of sentences that you might need or see often. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Cantonese Phrases page. Enjoy!
|Do you accept credit cards?||你收唔收信用卡？|
nei5 sau1 m4 sau1 seon3 jung6 kaa1 ？
|How much will it cost?||幾多錢？|
gei2 do1 cin2 ？
|I have a reservation||我訂咗位|
ngo5 deng6 zo2 wai2
|I'd like to rent a car||我想租車|
ngo5 soeng2 zou1 ce1
|I'm here on business / on vacation.||我嚟公幹／旅遊。|
ngo5 lai4 gung1 gon3 ／ leoi5 jau4 。
|Is this seat taken?||呢個位有冇人坐？|
ne1 go3 wai2 jau5 mou5 jan4 co5 ？
|It was nice meeting you||幸會／好高興認識你。|
hang6 wui2 ／ hou2 gou1 hing1 jing6 sik1 nei5 。
|Take this! (when giving something)||揀呢個啦（當人地俾嘢你）|
gaan2 ne1 go3 laa1 （dong1 jan4 dei6 bei2 je5 nei5 ）
|Do you like it?||你鐘唔鐘意呢個?|
nei5 zung1 m4 zung1 ji3 ne1 go3 ?
|I really like it!||我真係好鐘意!|
ngo5 zan1 hai6 hou2 zung1 ji3 !
|I'm just kidding||我講笑咋|
ngo5 gong2 siu3 zaa1
ngo5 hou2 tou5 ngo6
ngo5 hou2 hau2 hot3
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 8th lesson in Cantonese about the pronouns, and travel expressions. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Cantonese Lesson 9. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Cantonese homepage.