Cantonese Adjectives

Welcome to the second Cantonese lesson about adjectives. This time we will first learn about colors, followed by grammar rules, then weather expressions, finally a conversation in Cantonese to help you practice your daily phrases. To hear the pronunciation, just click on the sound icon.

black
black Audio
黑色 [haak1 sik1]
grey
grey Audio
灰色 [fui1 sik1]
white
white Audio
白色 [baak6 sik1]
blue
blue Audio
藍色 [laam4 sik1]
green
green Audio
綠色 [luk6 sik1]
yellow
yellow Audio
黃色 [wong4 sik1]
red
red Audio
紅色 [gung1 sik1]
brown
brown Audio
啡色 [fe1 sik1]

Adjectives Grammar Rules

In general adjectives are words which describe or modify another person or object in a given sentence. For example: a beautiful flower the adjective is [beautiful] because it describes the noun [flower]. The following examples use adjectives in different ways and places to demonstrate how they behave in a sentence.

Grammar Rules
Cantonese + Pronunciation
my house is white
[noun + adjective]
我的房子是白色的 Audio
[ngo5 di1 fong2 zi2 si6 baak6 sik1 di1]
your country is big
[noun + adjective]
你的國家很大 Audio
[nei5 di1 gwok3 gaa1 han2 daai6]
new books are expensive
[plural + adjective]
新書很昂貴 Audio
[san1 syu1 han2 ngong4 gwai3]
we are happy here
[pronoun + verb + adjective]
我們都很喜歡這裡 Audio
[ngo5 mun4 dou1 han2 hei2 fun1 ze2 lei5]
she has three small dogs
[adjective + plural]
她有三頭小狗 Audio
[ji1 jau5 saam1 tau4 siu2 gau2]
this language is very easy
[adverb + adjective]
這種語言很容易 Audio
[ze2 zung2 jyu5 jin4 han2 jung4 ji6]
I have a small green house
[adjective + adjective]
我有一間小溫室 Audio
[ngo5 jau5 jat1 gaan1 siu2 wan1 sat1]

We're not done yet! The following is a list of more adjectives for you, often used when referring to weather conditions. I think it would be wise to memorize them.

cold
cold Audio
[laang5]
hot
hot Audio
[jit6]
cloudy
cloudy Audio
密雲 [mat6 wan4]
rainy
rainy Audio
正在下雨 [zeng3 zoi6 haa5 jyu5]
snowy
snowy Audio
正在下雪 [zeng3 zoi6 haa5 syut3]
sunny
sunny Audio
天晴 [tin1 ceng4]
windy
windy Audio
有風 [jau5 fung1]
warm
warm Audio
很溫暖 [han2 wan1 nyun5]

Conversation in Cantonese

Now we finally reach the most exciting part, the practice of the daily expressions used in almost every conversation. I recommend memorizing these phrases, because you will need them for sure.

English
Cantonese
Pronunciation
hi
好嗎!
[hou2 maa1] Audio
how are you?
你好嗎? (禮貌)
[nei5 hou2 maa1  (lai5 maau6  )] Audio
I'm good, thank you
我很好,多謝你!
[ngo5 han2 hou2 do1 ze6 nei5] Audio
and you?
你呢? (禮貌)
[nei5 ne1  ( lai5 maau6 )] Audio
what is your name?
請問閣下貴姓?
[ ceng2 man6 gok3 haa5 gwai3 seng3] Audio
my name is Maya
本人名(李四)
[bun2 jan4 meng4  ( lei5 sei3  )] Audio
nice to meet you
很高興結識你!
[han2 gou1 hing1 git3 sik1 nei5] Audio

I hope you enjoyed this lesson about adjectives in Cantonese. If you have any question about this lesson please contact me here. The next lesson is below.

Cantonese Alphabet   Cantonese Alphabet

Cantonese Nouns   Cantonese Nouns



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