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:To eat
Chinese:sic
English:Rice
Chinese:fahn
English:Eat a meal
Chinese:sic fahn
Literally:eat rice
English:I am eating
Chinese:ngoh sic-gun fahn
Literally:I eating rice
The verb extension that you heard in that phrase helps to indicate that the action of the verb is currently taking place
English:(Verb extension for current action)
Chinese:gun
English:Would like to...
Chinese:seung
English:I would like to eat (a meal)
Chinese:ngoh seung sic fahn
Literally:I would like to eat
English:I would like to eat something (e.g. a snack)
Chinese:ngoh seung sic yeh
Literally:I would like to eat something
English:Would you like to eat a meal?
Chinese:nay seung hm seung sic fahn ah
Literally:you want-not-want to eat rice +?
English:Would you like to have a snack?
Chinese:nay seung hm sueng sic yut-dee yeh ah
Literally:you want-not-want to eat a little something +?
English:Where do you want to go to eat?
Chinese:nay seung houe been doh sic ah
Literally:you want to go where to eat +?
English:I would like to eat here
Chinese:ngoh seung hie nee doh sic
Literally:I would like located here to eat
English:Would you like to eat at my place?
Chinese:nay seung hm seung hie ngoh doh sic ah
Literally:you want-not-want located my place to eat +?
English:Chinese restaurant
Chinese:dzau lau
Literally:wine building
English:I would like to go to a restaurant to eat
Chinese:ngoh seung houe dzau-lau sic
Literally:(same)
English:Where is the restaurant?
Chinese:dzau-lau hie been doh ah
Literally:restaurant located where +?
English:To wash
Chinese:sie
English:Face
Chinese:meen
English:I would like to wash my face
Chinese:ngoh seung sie-meen
Literally:I would like to wash face
English:Hands
Chinese:sau
English:I would like to wash my hands
Chinese:ngoh seung sie sau
Literally:I would like to wash hands
English:Restroom
Chinese:sie sau gahn
Literally:wash hands area
English:Where is the restroom?
Chinese:sie-sau-gahn hie been doh ah
Literally:restroom located where
English:Excuse me, where is the restroom?
Chinese:tzayng mun, sie-sau-gahn hie been-doh ah
Literally:may I ask, restroom located where +?
English:Do you want to go to the restroom?
Chinese:nay seung-hm-seung houe sie-sau-gahn ah
Literally:you want-not-want to go to restroom +?
English:Toilets
Chinese:tchee soh
English:Where are the toilets?
Chinese:tchee soh hie been doh ah
Literally:toilets located where +?

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