SURVIVAL CANTONESE

LEARNING THE BASICS


The official languages of Hong Kong is Cantonese and English. But it may be a good idea to learn some Cantonese, to communicate and mingle with the locals!

There are many resources for interactive learning. For example, check out this video:

Here are some basic phrases that will kick start your cantonese learning process:

Click on the phrase to hear the pronunciation!

English 廣東話/粵語 (Cantonese)
Welcome 歡迎 (fùnyìhng)
Hello (General greeting) 你好 (néih hóu)
Hello (on phone)  (wái)
How are you? 你好嗎? (néih hóu ma)
點呀? (dím a)
Reply to ‘How are you?’ 我幾好,你呢? (ngóh géi hóu, néih nē)
好好 (hóu hóu)
幾好 (géi hóu)
Long time no see 好耐冇見 (hóunoih móuhgin)
What’s your name? 你叫(做)乜野名呀?
(néih giu(jouh) mātyéh méng a)
你點稱呼呀?
(néih dím chìngfù a)
My name is … 我叫做 … (ngóh giujouh …)
Where are you from? 你係邊度人呀?
(néih haih bīndouh yàhn a)
你由邊度嚟架?
(néih yàuh bīndouh lèih ga)
你係邊國人呀?
(néih haih bīngwok yàhn a)
I’m from … 我係 … 人 (ngóh haih … yàhn)
Pleased to meet you 好開心認識你 (hóu hòisàm yihngsīk néih)
好開心見到你 (hóu hòisàm gindóu néih)
好高興認識你 (hóu gòuhing yihngsīk néih)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
早晨 (jóusàhn)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
午安 (ńgh ōn)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
晚安 (máahn ōn)
晚上好 (máahnseuhng hóu)
Good night 早抖 (jóutáu)
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
再見 (joigin)
拜拜 (bāaibaai)
Good luck! 祝你好運 (jūk néih hóuwahn)

 

Alternatively, you can talk to locals and learn from them. CLICK HERE to find locals to talk to!