Cantonese Phrases

The Cantonese phrases are helpful because they are used daily. Below we picked expressions that a new learner will find useful. We included the audio as well. This is a better way to learning. Learn only what you need. We start with greetings and introduction.

Hi: 好嗎!  [hou2 maa1] Audio
What is your name?: 請問閣下貴姓?  [ ceng2 man6 gok3 haa5 gwai3 seng3] Audio
Nice to meet you: 很高興結識你!  [han2 gou1 hing1 git3 sik1 nei5  ] Audio
How are you?: 你好嗎? (禮貌)  [nei5 hou2 maa1  (lai5 maau6  )] Audio
I'm good, thanks: 我很好,多謝你!  [ngo5 han2 hou2 do1 ze6 nei5  ] Audio
And you?: 你呢? (禮貌)  [nei5 ne1  ( lai5 maau6 )] Audio

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Language and Age Phrases

More questions about language and age:

Do you speak (English/Cantonese)?: 你會不會講(英語 / 廣府(東)話)?  [nei5 kui2 bat1 kui2 gong2  ( jing1 jyu5 /gwong2 fu2  ( dung1) waa2)  ] Audio
Does she speak Chinese?: 她會講中文嗎  [ji1 kui2 gong2 zung1 man4 maa1  ] Audio
A little bit: 識小小  [sik1 siu2 siu2] Audio
How old are you?: 請問你貴庚?  [ceng2 man6 nei5 gwai3 gang1 ] Audio
I'm 33 years old: 我是今年(33)歲  [ngo5 si6 gam1 nin4 ( ) seoi3 ] Audio
It was nice talking to you: 很高興跟你聊天!  [han2 gou1 hing1 gan1 nei5 liu4 tin1  ] Audio

If you don't understand something, this will be your secret weapon:

What do you mean?: 你是什麼意思?  [nei5 si6 sam6 maa1 ji3 si1 ] Audio
I don't understand: 我不明白!  [ngo5 bat1 ming4 baak6] Audio
I don't know: 我不知道!  [ngo5 bat1 zi1 dou3  ] Audio
Sorry: 對不起(一個錯誤)  [deoi3 bat1 hei2 jat1 go3 co3 ng6  ] Audio
What is that called in Cantonese?: 那個用廣府(東)話怎麼說?  [na6 go3 jung6 gwong2 fu2 dung1 waa2 zam2 maa1 jyut6] Audio
What does that word mean in English?: 那個字英文是什麼意思?  [na6 go3 zi6 jing1 man4 si6 sam6 maa1 ji3 si1] Audio

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More personal information about origins and profession:

Where are you from?: 你是哪裡人?  [nei5 si6 naa1 lei5 jan4] Audio
I'm from the U.S: 我來自(美國 / 香港)  [ngo5 lai4 zi6 mei5 gwok3 hoeng1 gong2] Audio
I'm American: 我是美藉華人  [ngo5 si6 mei5 ze3 faa1 jan4] Audio
Where do you live?: 你住在哪裡?  [nei5 zyu6 zoi6 naa1 lei5 ] Audio
I live in the U.S: 我住在(美國/香港)  [ngo5 zyu6 zoi6 mei5 gwok3 hoeng1 gong2] Audio
What do you do for a living?: 你做姓行?  [nei5 zou6 seng3 haang4 ] Audio
I'm a student: 我是(教師 /學生 /工程師)  [ngo5 si6 gaau1 si1 hok6 saang1 gung1 cing4 si1  ] Audio

Offering or asking for help and giving directions:

Can I help you?: 我可以幫你嗎?  [ngo5 ho2 ji5 bong1 nei5 maa1 ] Audio
Can you help me?: 你能幫我嗎?  [nei5 nang4 bong1 ngo5 maa1 ] Audio
Where is the airport?:   [] Audio
Go straight: 直行  [ zik6 haang4  ] Audio
Then: 然後  [jin4 hau6  ] Audio
Turn left: 向左轉  [hoeng3 zo2 zyun2] Audio
Turn right: 向右轉  [hoeng3 jau6 zyun2] Audio


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Holiday Wishes Phrases

Good wishes in Cantonese in holidays and occasions:

Happy birthday: 生日快樂!  [saang1 jat6 faai3 lok6] Audio
Happy new year: 新年快樂!  [san1 nin4 faai3 lok6  ] Audio
Merry Christmas: 聖誕快樂!  [sing3 daan3 faai3 lok6 ] Audio
Good luck: 祝你好運!  [zuk1 nei5 hou2 wan6  ] Audio
Congratulations: 恭喜!  [gung1 hei2  ] Audio

Cantonese expressions commonly used when traveling or buying:

I have a reservation: 我訂了房間(一個房間)  [ngo5 deng6 liu5 fong2 gaan1 jat1 go3 fong2 gaan1] Audio
Do you have rooms available?: 你有房嗎?  [nei5 jau5 fong2 maa1] Audio
I would like a non-smoking room: 我要非吸煙房間  [ngo5 jiu1 fei1 kap1 jin1 fong2 gaan1] Audio
How much it costs per night?: 房租每晚是多少?  [fong2 zou1 mui5 maan5 si6 do1 siu2  ] Audio
Waiter: 仕應 / 女仕應!  [si6 jing1 jyu5 si6 jing1] Audio
How much is this?: 這個多少錢?  [ze2 go3 do1 siu2 cin2  ] Audio
What is this?: 這是什麼?  [ze2 si6 sam6 maa1  ] Audio

Survival phrases considered to be important in emergencies:

Are you okay?: 你無事吧?  [nei5 mou4 si6 baa1 ] Audio
I need a doctor: 我需要醫生  [ngo5 seoi1 jiu1 ji1 saang1] Audio
Help: 救命啊!  [gau3 meng6 aa1] Audio
Call the ambulance: 叫十字車!  [giu3 sap6 zi6 ce1  ] Audio
Call the police: 叫警察!  [giu3 ging2 caat3  ] Audio
I am sick: 我覺得唔舒服  [ngo5 gaau3 dak1 m4 syu1 fuk6] Audio

These Cantonese phrases can be used in a variety of conversations. If you have already visited our Cantonese Vocabulary and Cantonese Grammar, you might want to visit our Cantonese Flashcards to practice what you learned.

Cantonese Vocabulary

Cantonese Grammar


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Did you know? Phrases are the combination of the use of vocabulary and grammar. Mastering the vocabulary and grammar can result in the ability to make useful Cantonese phrases.