Free Cantonese Chinese Lessons

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These Cantonese Chinese lessons have been designed to provide practical travel vocabulary and a foundation for basic conversational skills. You may also download a complete audio transcript for listening in your car.

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English:This
Chinese:nee
English:Here
Chinese:nee doh
Literally:this place
English:That
Chinese:goh
English:There
Chinese:goh doh
Literally:that place
English:To be located
Chinese:hie
English:It's here
Chinese:hie nee do
Literally:located this place
English:Is it here?
Chinese:hie-hm-hie hie nee doh ah
Literally:it is-not-is located here +?
English:It's over there
Chinese:hie goh doh
Literally:located that place
English:He is over there
Chinese:keui hie goh doh
Literally:he located that place
English:She is at my place
Chinese:keui hie ngoh doh
Literally:she located my place
English:Which
Chinese:been
English:Which person
Chinese:been goh yan ah
Literally:(same)
The word placed between which and person in the last phrase is a measure word, similar to a or an in English. We'll discuss measure words later.
English:Where
Chinese:been doh
Literally:which place
English:Where are we? (e.g. useful when on a train/bus trip)
Chinese:nee-doh hie been doh ah
Literally: here is where / here located which place +?
English:Where is it?
Chinese:hie been doh ah
Literally:located which place +?
English:You going where
Chinese:nay houe been doh ah
Literally:you going where +?
English:Where are you from?
Chinese:nay hie been doh yan ah
Literally:you are which place person +?
English:Where is he?
Chinese:keui hie been doh ah
Literally:he located where +?
English:Friend
Chinese:pung yau
English: Where is your friend?
Chinese:nay pung yau hie been doh ah
Literally:you friend located where +?
English:Your friend is here
Chinese:nay pung yau hie nee doh
Literally:your friend located here
English:Your friend is there
Chinese:nay dee pung-yau hie goh doh
Literally:your friends located there
In this phrase, the word after you is a measure word that comes before uncounted plural or uncountable nouns. We'll discuss measure words soon.

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