Learning Chinese (part 5): Greetings


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First of all I would like to clarify my goal in learning Chinese Cantonese. I don’t shoot for a star, in stead, I made it clear that next Summer I will do backpacking traveling to Hong Kong so my learning goal is that I will be able to “survive” there with my basic Cantonese knowledge. I have decided to only focus on what really essential. I don’t think I will focus too much on grammar, sentence structures all that stuff. I would rather focus on basic vocabulary, asking simple questions…so I will be able to “survive” in a Cantonese speaking region like Hong Kong.

I have done backpacking traveling to more than 15 countries so far and in every place, learning some basic greetings is essential.


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Talking about Cantonese greeting phrases there are hundreds of them, something like Hello and I’m from Canada…etc are first things I need to know. However, there are also lots of greeting phrases and I don’t know how much is enough that I need to learn. I start thinking of situations such as when I first arrive at Hong Kong airport, how should I greet people there, how should I greet and introduce myself when I arrive in my hotel, who should I greet people I meet along my trip…

This video gives many useful greeting phrases in Cantonese:

Also this:

However, I find these videos on Youtube are just about some common greetings, I think I need to learn more of the greeting phrases so I found out this site, learnchineseez.com. This site has 15 pages of Cantonese greeting phrases, that’s a lot to learn, also I can hear the pronunciation of each phrases by clicking the “play button” next to each phrases. Very convenient and easy to learn!


I will go from here and try to practice pronouncing and remember these greeting phrases. Thank you for reading.


4 thoughts on “Learning Chinese (part 5): Greetings”

  1. Great work, Nam! Languages are so tough. I like that you chose Cantonese too. Most people that I know choose to learn Mandarin but I like that you chose the “non-traditional” choice 🙂 Is the alphabet the same as the Mandarin one? Have you downloaded any Apps that you have found to be useful?


    1. Hi Colleen. I don’t touch on the alphabet yet, I am still learning the Romanization of Chinese, but as I know, people who can speak Mandarin usually can read Cantonese and vice versa, so they have similarity. I do have same apps on my phone but most of them only provide very basic Cantonese lessons unless I pay for an upgrade, so I chose to stick with websites.


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