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:This car
Chinese:nee gah tchay
Literally:(same)
English:That
Chinese:goh
English:That car
Chinese:goh gah tchay
Literally:(same)
English:That person
Chinese:goh goh yan
Literally:(same)
English:To like / to be fond of
Chinese:johng-yee
English:I like this car
Chinese:ngoh johng-yee nee gah tchay
Literally:(same)
English:I like you
Chinese:ngoh johng-yee nay
Literally:(same)
English:I like China
Chinese:ngoh johng-yee johng-gwohk
Literally:(same)
English:I like this place
Chinese:ngoh johng-yee nee doh
Literally:(same)
For verbs like this one that consist of two words, to ask questions you place only the first word into the beginning of the positive negative construction.
English:Do you like it?
Chinese:nay johng-hm-johng yee ah
Literally:you like / not like as +?
English:Do you like this place?
Chinese:nay johng-hm-johng yee nee doh ah
Literally:you like/don't like this place +?
English:Do you like Hong Kong?
Chinese:nay johng-hm-johng yee heung-gahng ah
Literally:you like/don't like Hong Kong +?
English:Yes (affirmative answer)
Chinese:johng-yee
Literally:like
English:No
Chinese:hm johng-yee
Literally:not like
English:Do you like that car?
Chinese:nay johng-hm-johng yee goh gah tchay ah
Literally:you like-not-like that car +?
English:Which
Chinese:been
English:Which car
Chinese:been gah tchay
Literally:(same)
English:Who
Chinese:been goh yan
Literally:which person
English:Who do you like?
Chinese:nay johng-yee been goh yan ah
Literally:you like which person +?
English:To cook
Chinese:djew
English:I like to cook
Chinese:ngoh johng-yee djew fahn
Literally:I like to cook rice
English:I'm cooking
Chinese:ngoh djew-gun fahn
Literally:(same)
English:What are you cooking?
Chinese:nay djew-gun mut-yeh ah
Literally:you cooking what +?
English:I like it very much (e.g. to compliment food)
Chinese:ngoh hoh johng-yee
Literally:I very much like
English:I don't like it very much
Chinese:ngoh hm hie hoh johng-yee
Literally:I not is very much like

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