Learn Cantonese to travel to Hong Kong

Due to Olympic fever, many travelers are eager to visit Hong Kong and see how this international city in southern China helped in equestrian games.

I am Chinese from Hong Kong and I was born to speak Cantonese, so I am here to present some useful and interesting phrases for you to speak while traveling to Hong Kong. You can use them for daily greetings, negotiations or in a restaurant.

Learn phrases in Cantonese for fun

Although everyone in Hong Kong speaks English, you meet people who say Cantonese phrases every day. Knowing what they say would be fun. Talking some Cantonese would be a lot of fun. It might even surprise the locals.

Unlike Mandarin, Cantonese does not have a standardized phonetic system. Therefore, there is no standard way to learn it. Therefore, I rely on the sound and try to make a close translation. Note that the tone in English is usually slightly higher than the Cantonese. Read my translation invented by Anna and try to lower the tone a bit. This will make your pronunciation closer to the real one.

Jo Sun

Good Morning

Mmm goi

Thanks, this is used in the same way as & # 39; thanks & # 39; in English.

Dor tse

Thank you for receiving a gift or a great favor, such as someone presenting a job or giving you business. Therefore, when you buy something, the seller generally says "dor tse" instead of "mmm goi".

Lei ho ma?

How are you?

O ho ho

I'm fine

Sik jor farn mei?

Haven't you eaten yet? This is an extremely common Cantonese phrase used to start a conversation. The Chinese (not just the Cantonese) generally show their affection for others by asking if they have already eaten.

Gei dor tsin?

How much?

Paang d la

Cheaper please

Fai d La

Hurry up please

Ho ho sik

Delicious, very delicious

Damn mai

Show me my bill. Say this after eating in a restaurant. You will hear people say this when they are ready to pay and leave.

Gung hei fat choi

I wish you earn a lot of money from luck. This is another extremely common Cantonese phrase. If you come to Hong Kong during the Chinese New Year, you would hear everyone say this to each other. It is a Chinese tradition.