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New Words

EnglishCantoneseJyutpingOur Romanization
Excuse me / Please / Thank you唔該M4 goi1Mm goi
Excuse me, can I ask唔該, 請問(请问)M4 goi1, cing2 man6Mm goi, ceng mun
Wanton Noodles雲吞面
(云吞面)
Wan4 tan1 min6Wan tan min
How to點(怎么)Dim2Dim
UseJung6Yung
Say講(讲)Gong2Gong
WalkHang4Hang
Do做 Zou6Zou

Podcast Transcript | Cantonese: How Do You Say “Please, May I Ask?”

Hi everyone, thank you for joining us on our Cantonese – How Do You Say Podcast on LearnDialect.sg. My name is Eugene and today, we will learn a few helpful phrases that starts with 唔該, 請問. 

唔該 is a rather unique Cantonese expression that can mean “Excuse me”, “Please” and “Thank you”.  

请 refers to “please” and 问 refers to “ask”. As such, if you ask questions by starting with 唔該, 请问, you will come across as being very polite and respectful. 

Let me give you a few examples.  

If I am asking someone if the bowl of wanton noodle is tasty, I would say 唔該, 請問你雲吞面好唔好食?”

If I am asking “please, how do you say “Eat” in Cantonese?”, I would say 唔該, 請問你, “Eat”用廣東話點講?

點 means “how to” in this case and 講 means “say”. Once again, 唔該, 請問你, “Eat”用廣東話點講?

If I am asking for directions to the MRT, I would say 唔該, 請問你, MRT點行?  

Similarly, 點 means “how to” and 行 means “walk”. I’ll repeat – 唔該, 請問你,MRT點行?

If I’m asking, “please, how do I do this?”, it’ll be 唔該, 請問你, 點做? – 做 means “to do”. 

If I’m asking, “please, how do I use this?”, it’ll be 唔該, 請問你, 點用? – 用 means “to use”. 

You get the drift now? As you can tell, 唔該, 请问 is a very versatile and polite way of asking people for help! 

Now let’s practise by combining some of these with what we learnt in the previous podcasts.  

How would you say the following in Cantonese,  

How are you? My name is Eugene. My Cantonese is not good. Can you teach me? Please, how do you say “Eat” in Cantonese?” 

Now pause the audio and give it a try.  Go on.  

So did you get it right? 

“How are you? My name is Eugene. My Cantonese is not good. Can you teach me? Please, how do you say “Eat” in Cantonese?”  

This is translated into Cantonese as 你好, 我個名叫Eugene. 我個廣東話唔好, 你可唔可以教我?唔該, 请问你, Eat用廣東話點講? 

Awesome, we are making good progress, aren’t we? 

Keep practising, as that’s the only way to learn a new dialect.  

Don’t forget, if you have specific phrases that you’ll like to learn, please leave us a comment on our Facebook page. We want to know how we can help you! 

Thank you for listening in to our Cantonese – How Do You Say Podcast on LearnDialect.sg. My name is Eugene and see you the next time. 


Our Philosophy for Learning Cantonese in Singapore

At LearnDialect.sg, we want to make learning Cantonese fun, easy and practical for daily conversations in Singapore. As such, rather than figuring out which of the 10 or more Cantonese romanization system to use (e.g. JyutpingYale or Cantonese Pinyin etc.), we encourage you to form your own phonics, so that you make an association with these Cantonese words in the quickest way possible. To illustrate, the romanization of the English word, “eat”, is “Sik” using Jyutping and “Sihk” using Yale. However, in our “Have You Eaten?” podcast transcript, you’ll find that we use “sek”, which we think relates to us better. That said, you may use other romanization (e.g “sake”, “xig”, etc), as long as it helps you to make sense of what you hear.