I've often found myself at the typical 7/11 waiting in line to ring out, and almost every time the cashier will say something right before I am to purchase. It sounds something like "lao wei" but I cannot figure out what it is despite how much I've tried to search on the internet for what it is they're saying. I'm thinking its something like "來。。。" but I haven't a clue. Anybody have an idea?

1 Answer 1


Most likely a contraction of "下一位" (next customer please)

下一位/haa6 jat1 wai6^2/ --> 下~位/haat1 wai6^2/

  • That sounds right. Thanks for the answer.
    – user31212
    Sep 16, 2022 at 2:24
  • Funny, must be the the way of saying 下 in the South. When I was in Vietnam, Ha Long Bay, our nice Vietnamese guide explained: "Ha Long" means "where the dragon came down" I immediately understood: 下龙
    – Pedroski
    Sep 16, 2022 at 6:36

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.