Cantonese Numbers

Welcome to the sixth Cantonese lesson about numbers. This time we will learn about cardinal and ordinal numbers, followed by grammar rules, then animal names, finally a conversation in Cantonese to help you practice your daily phrases. Click on the sound icon to hear the words.

Cardinal and Ordinal
Cantonese
Pronunciation
one
[jat1] Audio
first
第一
[dai6 jat1] Audio
two
[ji6] Audio
second
第二
[dai6 ji6] Audio
three
[saam1] Audio
third
第三
[dai6 saam1] Audio
four
[sei3] Audio
fourth
第四
[dai6 sei3] Audio
five
[ng5] Audio
fifth
第五
[dai6 ng5] Audio
six
[luk6] Audio
sixth
第六
[dai6 luk6] Audio
seven
[cat1] Audio
seventh
第七
[dai6 cat1] Audio
eight
[baat3] Audio
eighth
第八
[dai6 baat3] Audio
nine
[gau2] Audio
ninth
第九
[dai6 gau2] Audio
ten
[sap6] Audio
tenth
第十
[dai6 sap6] Audio
eleven
十一
[sap6 jat1] Audio
eleventh
第十一
[dai6 sap6 jat1] Audio
twelve
十二
[sap6 ji6] Audio
twelfth
第十二
[dai6 sap6 ji6] Audio
thirteen
十三
[sap6 saam1] Audio
thirteenth
第十三
[dai6 sap6 saam1] Audio
fourteen
十四
[sap6 sei3] Audio
once
一次
[jat1 ci3] Audio
fifteen
十五
[sap6 ng5] Audio
twice
兩次
[loeng5 ci3] Audio
sixteen
十六
[sap6 luk6] Audio
Monday
星期一
[seng1 gei1 jat1] Audio
seventeen
十七
[sap6 cat1] Audio
Tuesday
星期二
[seng1 gei1 ji6] Audio
eighteen
十八
[sap6 baat3] Audio
Wednesday
星期三
[seng1 gei1 saam1] Audio
nineteen
十九
[sap6 gau2] Audio
Thursday
星期四
[seng1 gei1 sei3] Audio
twenty
二十
[ji6 sap6] Audio
Friday
星期五
[seng1 gei1 ng5] Audio
seventy one
七十一
[cat1 sap6 jat1] Audio
Saturday
星期六
[seng1 gei1 luk6] Audio
one hundred
一百
[jat1 baak3] Audio
Sunday
星期日
[seng1 gei1 jat6] Audio

Numbers Grammar Rules

Cantonese cardinal numbers refer to the counting numbers, because they show quantity. For example: I speak two languages. Ordinal numbers on the other hand tell the order of things and their rank: my first language is Cantonese. The examples below use numbers in different ways and places to demonstrate how they behave in a sentence.

Grammar + Rules
Cantonese + Pronunciation
I have three dogs
[number + noun]
我有三頭狗 Audio
[ngo5 jau5 saam1 tau4 gau2]
my daughter has two cats
[number + noun]
我的女兒有二隻猫 Audio
[ngo5 di1 jyu5 ji4 jau5 ji6 zek3 maau1]
she speaks seven languages
[verb + number]
她會講七種語言 Audio
[ji1 kui2 gong2 cat1 zung2 jyu5 jin4]
my brother has one son
[number + singular noun]
我的哥哥/弟弟 有一個兒子 Audio
[ngo5 di1 go1 go1 / dai6 dai6 jau5 jat1 go3 ji4 zi2]
this is my second lesson
[ordinal number + noun]
這是我的第二課堂 Audio
[ze2 si6 ngo5 di1 dai6 ji6 fo3 tong4]
did you read the third book?
[ordinal number + noun]
你有否讀過第三本書 Audio
[nei5 jau5 fau2 dau6 gwo1 dai6 saam1 bun2 syu1]

We're not done yet! The following is a list of animals.

cow
cow Audio
[ngau4]
goat
goat Audio
[joeng4]
donkey
donkey Audio
[leoi4]
horse
horse Audio
[maa5]
dog
dog Audio
[gau2]
cat
cat Audio
[maau1]
mouse
mouse Audio
老鼠 [lou5 syu2]
bird
bird Audio
[niu5]

Conversation in Cantonese

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

English
Cantonese
Pronunciation
Where are you from?
你是哪裡人?
[nei5 si6 naa1 lei5 jan4] Audio
I'm from the U.S
我來自(美國 / 香港)
[ngo5 lai4 zi6 mei5 gwok3 hoeng1 gong2] Audio
I'm American
我是美藉華人
[ngo5 si6 mei5 ze3 faa1 jan4] Audio
Where do you live?
你住在哪裡?
[nei5 zyu6 zoi6 naa1 lei5] Audio
I live in the U.S
我住在(美國/香港)
[ngo5 zyu6 zoi6 mei5 gwok3 hoeng1 gong2] Audio
What do you do for a living?
你做姓行?
[nei5 zou6 seng3 haang4] Audio
I'm a student
我是(教師 /學生 /工程師)
[ngo5 si6 gaau1 si1 hok6 saang1 gung1 cing4 si1] Audio

Did you enjoy this lesson about numbers in Cantonese? I hope so, if you have any problem with this lesson contact me with questions you have here. You can now check the next lesson below.

Cantonese Gender   Cantonese Gender

Cantonese Phrases   Cantonese Phrases



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