2020-11-12 Update: I changed this bite to be more specific - to expand on simple statements in Cantonese. The change included deleting 2 sentences because they did not stick to the topic.
We now continue from Bite 5 - To Be. We introduced “係”. It only says “Someone / Something is [noun]” though. What if we want to describe something? Here we will see!
I am __ year old
我 一 歲 ngo5 jat1 seoi3 I one year old I am one year old.
What is going on here? Where’s the 係? No. We add a description behind the subject(s) without any words in between. Uncomfortable? No worry. More to follow :) But first…
Show the world a one year old can speak perfect Cantonese:
Slow one year old:
2020-11-12 Update: We completely rewrote the 2 examples below for consistency’s sake. No worries! I will add them back in later bites :)
When you meet a gifted child
佢 好 叻 呀 keoi5 hou2 lek1 aa She very smart (interjection) She is very smart!
…tell someone her kid is smart:
Repeat the point so she hear:
At the park
過 山 車 好 刺 激 呀！ gwo3 saan1 ce1 hou2 ci3 gik1 aa Rollercoaster so exciting (interj.)
…after a ride:
perhaps you shouted character by character to vent your excitement:
Note: We didn’t put the tone in 呀 because we can improvise depending on how we feel. More on that later.
2020-11-12 Update: we didn’t have this here. Yes! New thing. Enjoy :)
Now let’s try saying “She is 2 years old”.
兩 歲 loeng5 seoi3 2 years old.
佢 兩 歲 keoi5 leong5 seoi3
Tell your friend you saw a cute kid
得 意 dak1 ji3 cute
Now say “she’s cute!”
佢 好 得 意 呀 keoi5 hou2 dak1 yi3 aa She is cute!