Listen to Podcast | Cantonese: How Do You Say “Thank You”
Thank you (for service or assistance) – 唔該 – mng goi
Thank you (for gifts) – 多谢 – dor zeh
Entirely – 晒 – saai
There’s no need for formalities – 唔使客氣(客气) – mng sai hak heh
Podcast Transcript | Cantonese: How Do You Say “Thank You”
Hi everyone! My name is Eugene and once again, welcome to our Cantonese – How Do You Say Podcast on LearnDialect.sg. In today’s podcast, we will be covering a commonly-used phrase in everyday life, “Thank you”!
So yes, “thank you”用廣東話點講?
There are a few ways to express “Thank You”. We have:
“唔該” which we have learnt previously to mean “thank you”. However, this is only meant for thanking others who have rendered you a service or assistance. For gifts, Cantonese speakers would say “多谢”. These are the two phrases most commonly used to express thanks. I’ll repeat again, “唔該” and “多谢”.
Sometimes, you may hear “唔該晒” or “多谢晒”. Adding the word “晒” expresses a deeper level of thanks as it means “in entirety”. As such, “唔該晒” or “多谢晒” is taken to mean “thank you very much”.
When responding to a word of thanks, Cantonese people will typically answer with “唔使客氣”. This is the Cantonese way of saying “You’re welcome” but translates more accurately into “There’s no need for formalities”. Let me say it one more time, 唔使客氣.
A word of thanks to show appreciation – “唔該” or “多谢” – and knowing how to respond – 唔使客氣 – in a polite manner goes a long way.
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