Cantonese (粵語)

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How Long Does it Take to Learn Cantonese?

Cantonese is rated as a category 4 language by the Foreign Service Institute. It is considered exceptionally difficult for English speakers to learn and takes an average of 88 weeks (or 2200 class hours) to gain professional working proficiency.

Basic Phrases in Cantonese

Hello你好 (Néih hóu)
Goodbye再見 (Joigin)
Yes係 (haih)
No唔係 (mh'haih)
Excuse me唔好意思 (M̀h'hóu yisi)
Please請 (Chíng)
Thank you唔該 (M̀h'gōi)
You are welcome
Do you speak english
Do you understand
I understand
I do not understand
How are you
Fine thanks
What is your name
My name is
Pleased to meet you

Cantonese Nouns

Man
Woman
Boy
Girl
Cat
Dog
Fish
Water
Milk
Egg
House
Flower
Tree
Shirt
Pants

Colors in Cantonese

Black黑色 (hāk sīk)
White白色 (baahk sīk)
Red紅色 (hùhng sīk)
Orange橙色 (chàahng sīk)
Yellow黃色 (wòhng sīk)
Green綠色 (luhk sīk)
Blue藍色 (làahm̀ sīk)
Purple紫色 (jí sīk)
Pink粉紅色 (fán hùhng sīk)
Gray灰色 (fūi sīk)
Brown啡色 (fē sīk)

Seasons in Cantonese

Winter冬天 (doong teen)
Spring春天 (chun teen)
Summer夏天 (ha teen)
Autumn秋天 (chow teen)

Days of the Week in Cantonese

Monday禮拜一 (láihbaai yāt)
Tuesday禮拜二 (láihbaai yih )
Wednesday禮拜三 (láihbaai sāam)
Thursday禮拜四 (láihbaai sei)
Friday禮拜五 (láihbaai ńgh)
Saturday星期六 (Xīngqíliù)
Sunday禮拜日 (láihbaai yaht)
Yesterday尋日 (chàhm'yaht)
Today今日 (gām'yaht)
Tomorrow聽日 (tīngyaht)

Months in Cantonese

January一月 (yāt'yuht)
February二月 (yih'yuht)
March三月 (sāam'yuht)
April四月 (seiyuht)
May五月 (ńgh'yuht)
June六月 (luhk'yuht)
July七月 (chāt'yuht)
August八月 (baat'yuht)
September九月 (gáuyuht)
October十月 (sahpyuht)
November十一月 (sahpyāt'yuht)
December十二月 (sahpyih'yuht)

Numbers in Cantonese

Zero零 (lìhng)
One一 (yāt)
Two二 (yih)
Three三 (sāam)
Four四 (sei)
Five五 (ńgh)
Six六 (luhk)
Seven七 (chāt)
Eight八 (baat)
Nine九 (gáu)
Ten十 (sahp)
Eleven十一 (ytytytyt)
Twelve十二 (ytytytyt)
Twenty二十 (yihsahp)
Thirty三十 (sāamsahp )
Forty四十 (seisahp )
Fifty五十 (ńghsahp )
Sixty六十 (luhksahp )
Seventy七十 (chātsahp)
Eighty八十 (baatsahp)
Ninety九十 (gáusahp )
Hundred一百 (yātbaak)
Thousand一千 (yātchīn)