Learn Chinese Cantonese Slang Terms

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English:EYES RED
Explanation:Jealous; Eyes show jealousy with red veins; This terms can be used to make fun of someone, like saying "you're jealous!"
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Pinyin EZ:ngahn hohng
English:STIFF NECK
Explanation:Said of someone who is stubborn; They won't turn left, and won't turn right - they only go their own way.
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Pinyin EZ:ngahng gayng
English:RELIGIOUS SERVICE FINISH, NO NEED MONK
Explanation:Impolite way to describe how society/people disregard a person once they've served their purpose, regardless of their contribution.
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Pinyin EZ:dahn yeun dzie mm yeu woh seung
English:CHICKEN WITH DUCK TALK
Explanation:Often describes a Chinese person speaking with an English speaking person and not understanding each other (or Chinese speaking with those of other dialects).
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Pinyin EZ:gie tohng ngahp gohng
English:BOIL ELECTRIC CONVERSATION (TELEPHONE) PORRIDGE
Explanation:Said of someone who talks a lot on the phone; It takes a long time to cook porridge (boiling rice), so if porridge has been prepared while they've been talking, then they must talk a lot.
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Pinyin EZ:boh deen-wah johk
English:TALK JESUS
Explanation:Jesus is associated with benevolence and understanding; Someone who is "talking Jesus" is talking too compassionately and should be more firm.
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Pinyin EZ:gahng yeh soh
English:JUST SOUNDS
Explanation:Said of someone who talks a lot - especially a lot of "blah blah blah".
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Pinyin EZ:bah lee bah lah
English:I EAT SALT MORE THAN YOU EAT RICE
Explanation:Said of a person who has a lot (more) experience relative to someone else.
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Pinyin EZ:ngoh sihk yeem doh gwoh nay sihk mie

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