Cantonese Nouns

Welcome to the third Cantonese lesson about nouns. This time we will first learn about fruits and vegetables, followed by grammar rules, then food items, finally a conversation in Cantonese to help you practice your daily phrases. To hear the pronunciation, just click on the sound icon.

potatoes
potatoes Audio
薯仔 [syu4 zai2]
tomatoes
tomatoes Audio
蕃茄 [faan4 gaa1]
onions
onions Audio
洋葱 [joeng4 cung1]
carrots
carrots Audio
紅蘿蔔 [gung1 lo4 baak6]
fruits
fruits Audio
生果 [saang1 gu2]
apples
apples Audio
蘋果 [pan4 gu2]
bananas
bananas Audio
香蕉 [hoeng1 ziu1]
oranges
oranges Audio
[caang2]

Nouns Grammar Rules

In general nouns refer to a person, an object, or abstract ideas. For example: a fast runner the noun is [runner] because it refers to a person. The examples below use nouns in different ways and places to demonstrate how they behave in a sentence.

Grammar + Rules
Cantonese + Pronunciation
do you have milk?
[verb + noun]
你有沒有牛奶 Audio
[nei5 jau5 mut6 jau5 ngau4 naai1]
I have milk and coffee
[preposition + noun]
我有牛奶和咖啡 Audio
[ngo5 jau5 ngau4 naai1 wo4 gaa1 fe1]
he has three apples
[number + plural noun]
他有三個蘋果 Audio
[taa1 jau5 saam1 go3 pan4 gu2]
she only has one apple
[number + singular noun]
她有一個蘋果 Audio
[ji1 jau5 jat1 go3 pan4 gu2]
we live in a small house
[adjective + noun]
我們住有一所小房子 Audio
[ngo5 mun4 zyu6 jau5 jat1 so2 siu2 fong2 zi2]
I like our breakfast
[pronoun + noun]
我喜歡我們的早餐 Audio
[ngo5 hei2 fun1 ngo5 mun4 di1 zou2 caan1]

The following are nouns of food items that you might be interested in learning and memorizing.

bread
bread Audio
麵包 [min6 baau1]
milk
milk Audio
牛奶 [ngau4 naai1]
butter
butter Audio
牛油 [ngau4 jau4]
cheese
cheese Audio
芝士 [zi1 si6]
coffee
coffee Audio
咖啡 [gaa1 fe1]
sandwich
sandwich Audio
三文治 [saam1 man4 ci4]
meat
meat Audio
[juk6]
chicken
chicken Audio
[gai1]
fish
fish Audio
[jyu4]
breakfast
breakfast Audio
早餐 [zou2 caan1]
lunch
lunch Audio
午餐 [ng5 caan1]
dinner
dinner Audio
晚餐 [maan5 caan1]

Conversation in Cantonese

Now we finally reach the fun part, the practice of the daily conversations. These phrases are used to get to know new people, and break the ice.

English
Cantonese
Pronunciation
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
Just a little
識小小
[sik1 siu2 siu2] Audio
I like Cantonese
我喜歡廣府(東)話
[ngo5 hei2 fun1 gwong2 fu2  ( dung1 )waa2] Audio
Can I practice with you?
我可以跟你的練習嗎?
[ngo5 ho2 ji5 gan1 nei5 lin6 zaap6 maa1] Audio
How old are you?
請問你貴庚?
[ceng2 man6 nei5 gwai3 gang1] Audio
I'm thirty three 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

I hope you enjoyed this lesson about the nouns in Cantonese. If you have any question about this lesson please contact me here. Now check the next lesson below.

Cantonese Adjectives   Cantonese Adjectives

Cantonese Plural   Cantonese Plural



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