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Greetings

 
Hello! 你好!---néi hóu!
你好!
néi hóu!
Hello!
Good morning! (sg/pl) 早晨!---zóu sěn!
早晨!
zóu sěn!
Good morning! (sg/pl)
Hello! (sg/pl) 你好!---néi hóu!
你好!
néi hóu!
Hello! (sg/pl)
Good evening! (sg/pl) 夜晚黑好!---yé mán hāg hóu!
夜晚黑好!
yé mán hāg hóu!
Good evening! (sg/pl)
Good night! (sg/pl) 早抖!---zóu téo!
早抖!
zóu téo!
Good night! (sg/pl)
Bye! (infml) 拜拜!---bāi bái!
拜拜!
bāi bái!
Bye! (infml)
Good bye! (fml.) 再見!---zōi gīn!
再見!
zōi gīn!
Good bye! (fml.)

Important vocabulary

 
yes 系---hěi

hěi
yes
no 唔系---m hěi
唔系
m hěi
no
maybe 大概---dǎi gói
大概
dǎi gói
maybe
OK 得!---deg!
得!
deg!
OK
Thank you! 多謝!---dō zé!
多謝!
dō zé!
Thank you!
You're welcome! (m/f) 唔客氣!---m hāg héi!
唔客氣!
m hāg héi!
You're welcome! (m/f)
Excuse me, … (sg/pl) 對唔住 ,...---dêu m jǔ ,...
對唔住 ,...
dêu m jǔ ,...
Excuse me, … (sg/pl)
I'm sorry. (m/f) 請原諒。---céng yǔn lêng.
請原諒。
céng yǔn lêng.
I'm sorry. (m/f)
I have … / I don't have ... 我有.../ 我冇...---ngó yéo .../ ngó móu ...
我有.../ 我冇...
ngó yéo .../ ngó móu ...
I have … / I don't have ...
We (don't) have … 我哋有.../ 我哋冇...---ngó dé yéo .../ ngó dé móu ...
我哋有.../ 我哋冇...
ngó dé yéo .../ ngó dé móu ...
We (don't) have …
There is (no) ... 裏豆有.../ 裏豆冇...---lī dǒu yéo .../ lī dǒu móu ...
裏豆有.../ 裏豆冇...
lī dǒu yéo .../ lī dǒu móu ...
There is (no) ...

Introducing yourself

 
My name is ... 我叫 ...---ngó giu ...
我叫 ...
ngó giu ...
My name is ...
I'm from ... 我由 ...---ngó yěo ...
我由 ...
ngó yěo ...
I'm from ...
I'm ... years old. 我有 ... 歲。---ngó yéo ... sêu.
我有 ... 歲。
ngó yéo ... sêu.
I'm ... years old.
I am married. / I am not married. 我結咗婚。/ 我冇結婚。---ngó jī zó fēng./ ngó móu jī fēng.
我結咗婚。/ 我冇結婚。
ngó jī zó fēng./ ngó móu jī fēng.
I am married. / I am not married.
I am traveling alone. / I am not traveling alone. (m/f) 我系一個人旅遊。不系一個人旅遊。---hǎi yēd go yěn lêu yěo./ ngó m hǎi yēd go yěn lêu yěo.
我系一個人旅遊。不系一個人旅遊。
hǎi yēd go yěn lêu yěo./ ngó m hǎi yēd go yěn lêu yěo.
I am traveling alone. / I am not traveling alone. (m/f)
I'm traveling with ... 我同 ... 一齊旅遊。---ngó tǒng ... yēd cǎid lêu yěo.
我同 ... 一齊旅遊。
ngó tǒng ... yēd cǎid lêu yěo.
I'm traveling with ...

Comprehension

 
I don't speak any Cantonese. 我唔識講廣東話。---ngó m xīg góng guáng dong wá.
我唔識講廣東話。
ngó m xīg góng guáng dong wá.
I don't speak any Cantonese.
I don't understand that. (m/f) 我聽唔懂。---ngó têng m dóm.
我聽唔懂。
ngó têng m dóm.
I don't understand that. (m/f)
Do you speak …? (m/f) 你講 ... 麼?---néi góng ... med?
你講 ... 麼?
néi góng ... med?
Do you speak …? (m/f)
Does anyone here speak ...? 呢邊有人講 ... 麼?---nī bīn yéo yěm góng ... med?
呢邊有人講 ... 麼?
nī bīn yéo yěm góng ... med?
Does anyone here speak ...?
English  英文---yīng měn
英文
yīng měn
English
French  法文---fad měn
法文
fad měn
French
Could you write that down please. (m/f) 唔該你寫落來。---m gōi néi sé lǒg lei.
唔該你寫落來。
m gōi néi sé lǒg lei.
Could you write that down please. (m/f)
Could you please repeat that. (m/f) 唔該你講多一次。---m gōi néi góng dō yēd qi.
唔該你講多一次。
m gōi néi góng dō yēd qi.
Could you please repeat that. (m/f)
Just a moment please. 唔該你等陣先。---m gōi néi déng zěn xīn.
唔該你等陣先。
m gōi néi déng zěn xīn.
Just a moment please.

Numbers

 
zero 零---lǐng

lǐng
zero
one 一---yēd

yēd
one
two 二---yǐ

two
three 三---sām

sām
three
four 四---séi

séi
four
five 五---ng

ng
five
six 六---lug

lug
six
seven 七---ced

ced
seven
eight 八---bad

bad
eight
nine 九---géo

géo
nine
ten 十---seb

seb
ten
eleven 十一---seb yēd
十一
seb yēd
eleven
twelve 十二---seb yǐ
十二
seb yǐ
twelve
thirteen 十三---seb sām
十三
seb sām
thirteen
fourteen 十四---seb séi
十四
seb séi
fourteen
fifteen 十五---seb ng
十五
seb ng
fifteen
sixteen 十六---seb lug
十六
seb lug
sixteen
seventeen 十七---seb ced
十七
seb ced
seventeen
eighteen 十八---seb bad
十八
seb bad
eighteen
nineteen 十九---seb géo
十九
seb géo
nineteen
twenty 二十---yǐ seb
二十
yǐ seb
twenty
twenty-one 二十一---yǐ seb yēd
二十一
yǐ seb yēd
twenty-one
thirty 三十---sām seb
三十
sām seb
thirty
forty 四十---séi seb
四十
séi seb
forty
fifty 五十---ng seb
五十
ng seb
fifty
sixty 六十---lug seb
六十
lug seb
sixty
seventy 七十---ced seb
七十
ced seb
seventy
eighty 八十---bad seb
八十
bad seb
eighty
ninety 九十---géo seb
九十
géo seb
ninety
one hundred 一百---yēd bag
一百
yēd bag
one hundred
one thousand 一千---yēd qīn
一千
yēd qīn
one thousand
one million 一百萬---yēd bag mǎn
一百萬
yēd bag mǎn
one million
some / a couple 一對---yēd dêu
一對
yēd dêu
some / a couple