Pronouns

Cantonese Lesson 8 (Pronouns and Travel)

Duration: 30 mins

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

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.

Subject Pronouns in Cantonese

Pronouns Cantonese
I
ngo5 
You
nei5 
He
keoi5 
She
keoi5 
We我哋
ngo5 dei2 
You (plural)你哋
nei5 dei2 
They佢哋
keoi5 dei2 
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.

Object Pronouns in Cantonese

Pronouns Cantonese
Me
ngo5 
You
nei5 
Him
keoi5 
Her
keoi5 
Us我哋
ngo5 dei2 
You (plural)你哋
nei5 dei2 
Them佢哋
keoi5 dei2 
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.

Possessive Pronouns Cantonese

Pronouns Cantonese
My我嘅
ngo5 ge3 
Your你嘅
nei5 ge3 
His佢嘅
keoi5 ge3 
Her佢嘅
keoi5 ge3 
Our我哋嘅
ngo5 dei2 ge3 
Your (plural)你哋嘅
nei5 dei2 ge3 
Their佢哋嘅
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 

Questions?

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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!

Possessive Case of the Pronoun in Cantonese

Pronouns Cantonese
Mine我嘅
ngo5 ge3 
Yours你嘅
nei5 ge3 
His佢嘅
keoi5 ge3 
Hers佢嘅
keoi5 ge3 
Ours我哋嘅
ngo5 dei2 ge3 
Yours (plural)你哋嘅
nei5 dei2 ge3 
Theirs佢哋嘅
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 

Vocabulary List about Travel

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.

Travel List in Cantonese

Travel Cantonese
Airplane飛機
fei1 gei1 
Airport機場
gei1 coeng4 
Bus巴士
baa1 si6 
Bus station巴士站
baa1 si6 zaam6 
Car
ce1 
Flight航班
hong4 baan1 
For business公幹
gung1 gon3 
For pleasure私人旅遊
si1 jan4 leoi5 jau4 
Help Desk詢問處
seon1 man6 cyu3 
Hotel酒店
zau2 dim3 
Luggage行李
hang4 lei5 
Parking泊車位
paak3 ce1 wai2 
Passport旅行證件
leoi5 hang4 zing3 gin6 
Reservation訂位
deng6 wai2 
Taxi的士
dik1 si6 
Ticket門票
mun4 piu3 
To travel去旅行
heoi3 leoi5 hang4 
Tourism旅遊
leoi5 jau4 
Train (noun)火車
fo2 ce1 
Train station火車站
fo2 ce1 zaam6 
By train坐火車
co5 fo2 ce1 
By car坐車
co5 ce1 
By bus坐巴士
co5 baa1 si6 
By taxi坐的士
co5 dik1 si6 
By airplane坐飛機
co5 fei1 gei1 

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Daily Conversation in Cantonese

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!

Common Expressions in Cantonese

English Cantonese
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 
I'm hungry我好肚餓
ngo5 hou2 tou5 ngo6 
I'm thirsty我好口渴
ngo5 hou2 hau2 hot3 

Fun Facts

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.