Cantonese Vocabulary (17 Lessons)

This page contains links to lessons about the Cantonese vocabulary. Here are the topics discussed in each lesson: food, animals, languages, directions, clothes, school, human body, travel, misunderstanding, people, jobs, time, survival, colors, weather, places, and shopping. Going through each lesson should take about 30 min. Each course contains an extra topic about vocabulary. Make sure to take advantage of that as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Cantonese Classes.

Vocabulary boosts confidence! When you lack words, you shut down. People who possess a limited vocabulary tend to avoid conversations because it could lead to an embarrassment. By the same token, each new word you learn opens a new avenue of thought, empowering you to think or take action in ways you could never have before.

Usually, in a normal conversation, people tend to use only a limited number of vocabulary, especially when the words are spoken and not written. So the good news is that to be able to speak Cantonese at an average conversational level, you don't need to know every word in the dictionary.


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The point of having a good vocabulary is being able to choose words with greater precision. Think of your vocabulary as your "communication toolbox": every word is a tool, ready to be used at the right time. The more tools you master, the better your chances are of finding the right one for the communication task at hand.

Fun Facts

Language Quote ❝The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.❞ -Mark Twain

If you are done with all the vocabulary lessons, we recommend checking out the Cantonese Phrases. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Cantonese homepage.