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The Chinese dialect spoken in and around Guangzhou city (formerly Canton), and central and western Guangdong province.

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How to identify spoken & written Chinese in movies?

Addition: Some folks don't see the question because I badly worded it as a request. The question is: Is what I've written garbage, or is it correct, or is it merely partly correct? This is a question ...
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Is the Cantonese spoken in Guangzhou standardized?

Is the Cantonese spoken in Guangzhou standardized, and if it is, is it different from Hong Kong and Macau's standard Cantonese? Do some characters have different standard readings in each region, much ...
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Difference between 不了 and 不到

This question focuses on the differences between 了and 到. What's the difference between verb + 不了 and verb + 不到? Do the differences also apply to Cantonese? Examples: 收不到 vs 收不了 幫不到 vs 幫不了 來不到 vs ...
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Use of 成 / 乘 number quantifiers in Cantonese

I learned in Cantonese class that adding 成 to a Number can imply a degree of something. For example, 七成 means 70%. I explored further and it seems that it can be used to describe the rarity of your ...
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Is there any way to detect dialect automatically?

For current task I need to create a solution how to detect if some video or audio of Chinese speech is Mandarin or Cantonese (for now I do not need others dialects). For example, there is almost ...
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What does “射個三分波” mean?

I was watching a video from Hong Kong’s Apple Daily newspaper, and they mentioned the phrase in question as such: “港鐵就射個三分波 叫我們問政府”. My guess is that 三分波 refers to an action in some sport, possibly ...
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Is there a Mandarin equivalent of the Cantonese term “手尾”?

手尾 is a very common Cantonese term, I would like to know what Mandarin term can be the equivalent of it. The following are from CantoDict dictionary: 手尾: (to tie up) loose ends 冇手尾: fail to ...
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Understanding “話之”

CantoDict: 話之 regardless of; no matter what; "I don't care" | Std. Chin.: 不管; 無論 | Syn.: 唔理 | Usu. in the form of 話之你; 話之佢 etc. ~ 粵典: 話之 / 話知 (yue) 唔理唔顧;無視 (eng) to ignore; to ...
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Is it possible that “那裏是吾家” was intended to be “哪裏是吾家?”?

The following is my translation of the song "那裏是吾家": "那裏是吾家" 作詞:許冠傑/黎彼得 作曲:許冠傑 足跡遍天下,看透異國繁華, (My footprints are all over the world, I've seen every flourishing foreign countries ...
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What “斗” refers to in “正斗”

The Cantonese term "正斗" means "great" or "of high quality" 正斗 an exclamation that sth is "great!" ~ 正斗 好,美,正牌,正規,地道,純正,漂亮,質量好 I can understand why 正(authentic) is used in "正斗" which ...
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Why is it necessary to “translate” songs to Mandarin that are written in Standard Chinese, but originally sung in Cantonese?

Take, for example, the chorus to Beyond's 喜欢你. 喜欢你 那双眼动人 笑声更迷人 愿再可 轻抚你 那可爱面容 挽手说梦话 像昨天 你共我 As far as I can tell, the lyrics are in Standard Chinese even though they are sung in Cantonese. I see ...
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Why does Cantonese sound vaguely British?

Speaking as a native speaker of American English, I notice from my perspective that Cantonese speakers tend to sound more "British" than Mandarin speakers. I'm not just referring to Hong Kong, but ...
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How do I say “my favourite person” in Cantonese?

My favourite... Pls also provide jyutping
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Not only, but also (in cantonese)

佢唔單只感冒,仲發燒添。 Not only does he have a cold, but he also has a fever. What is the function of 添? I feel rather awkward saying it. I searched the dictionary and doesn’t look like it has added any ...
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Is this an awkward ordering of words? (Cantonese)

In the following sentence: 你要重新開過一次機。 The official translation is: you will have to restart the machine again. I feel this Has a very awkward word order since the object (機) is at the last after a ...
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Function of 令 in 你日日喺我耳邊唱歌令我好壓抑 (cantonese)

你日日喺我耳邊唱歌令我好壓抑。 In this statement, what is the function of 令? and why is it not 對? I was kind of expecting to see a “對” somewhere here.
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What is the function of 而 and 為咗 in 我哋為咗決定去邊度度蜜月而閙交 in Cantonese?

我哋為咗決定去邊度度蜜月而閙交. In this sentence, I understand that the meaning is “we got into an argument when deciding where to go for a honeymoon.” What is the function of 而 and 為咗?
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What does this Cantonese sentence “冧哥覆咗你未?” mean in English?

What does this Cantonese sentence "冧哥覆咗你未" mean in English?
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How to say “self-fulfilling prophecy” in Mandarin/Cantonese?

This dictionary lists prophecy as 預言, but it doesn't list an entry for self-fulfilling prophecy Example sentence: If you remain this negative, your thoughts will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. ...
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Identifying a type of topping used for congee

I am hoping somebody could help me identify the name of a type of topping that goes with the congee that my grandma would give me as a kid. She didn't know English and had passed away years ago. I ...
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What's the Cantonese/Mandarin equivalent of “condone”?

These two dictionaries don't have entries for "condone." https://www.yellowbridge.com http://www.cantonese.sheik.co.uk/scripts/wordsearch.php?level=0 The Google translate answer is 縱容, which seems ...
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Difference between 的 and 个

Does it make sense to say 我个心? I suppose its meant to be 我的心. I still cannot distinguish when to use it. Maybe it to do with the fact that I am a Cantonese speaker?
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Sentence construction for “whether or not”

In Cantonese, how does one construct a phrase/sentence involving “whether or not”? For example: We don’t know if they are husband or wife. I came across this conversation: 係唔係老公老婆呢就唔知啦! I wanted ...
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The name of the California high school fraternity, Hi Tow Tong

Honor societies and fraternities are a fixture in U.S. colleges. Most often they use Greek letters for their names, and some have names in English. However, the men's honor society of Santa Cruz High ...
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How to say “Hopefully we can treat each other with more X”

Is there a general template for translating, "hopefully we can treat each with more X" where X is some noun. Examples: Hopefully we can treat each other with more consideration. Hopefully we can ...
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Is 家婆 the term for a woman's “mother in law” in Mandarin too?

In Cantonese, a woman would call her mother in law her "家婆" or her "奶奶", and address her only as "奶奶". My understanding of the same terms in Mandarin is, a woman would call her mother in law her "婆婆" ...
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What are the Chinese characters for the American English word “Dishonored”?

Related to the video game Dishonored. I'm not looking for the characters for 'Ashamed' or 'Insulted', words that would not work to properly describe in English the game title :D. Any other choices? I ...
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“The X you asked me to Y” (cantonese)

I am not so familiar with how you say this in english grammar. But how do you say this pattern in cantonese? For example: the bag you asked me to buy. What is the syntax when translating to ...
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What is the function of 哩? (Cantonese)

What is the function of 哩 in 哩兩個人好相似? And how different is it if you just say 兩個人好相似?
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Why does Hong Kong use a different spoken and written language?

In Hong Kong, Cantonese is used for speaking and Traditional Chinese is used for writing. However, Cantonese does indeed have it's own writing system (which I've seen in Whatsapp chats, lyrics of ...
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Different way of saying “throw rubbish” in Cantonese?

Looking at the dictionary, I see that "throw rubbish" in Cantonese is "掉垃圾". However, in the past, I remember hearing something different for "throw rubbish": "wang垃圾". I need some help: What is ...
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“Please hold the handrail during the whole journey” in Chinese/Cantonese? (As heard in Hong Kong airport trains)

I have rode this automated people mover inside Hong Kong airport and the voice always says "Please hold the handrail during the whole journey" everytime when the train starts to move and after ...
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Commonalities in Hong Kong place names

I've been in Hong Kong long enough to notice some patterns appearing in the names of Hong Kong's places. Most of the places had 角 or 灣 in them. For example: 角: 旺角, 大角嘴, 北角, 沙頭角 灣: 灣仔, 西灣河, 銅鑼灣, 荃灣 ...
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Mandarin equivalent for 返嚟?

In Cantonese 返嚟 is often used when asking someone about where they obtained something from. For instance, "學返嚟“ could be used in a sentence asking someone, "Where did you learn this from?" What's the ...
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Difference between 事情 and 事件?

What's the difference between 事情 and 事件? They both seem to be generic terms that refer to "event, thing, affair". 事件:http://www.cantonese.sheik.co.uk/dictionary/words/4421/ 事情:http://www.cantonese....
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Help with Cantonese correct translation

I thouhgt about posting here twice as I know rules do not allow for users to simply ask for translations. But after a few efforst in trying to translate it myself, I decided to ask for your kind help. ...
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How limited are Cantonese dictionaries?

I've gone through these dictionaries: ABC Cantonese 广州话方言词典 广州话-普通话词典 CCCanto Words.HK and they all seem to be very Yuehai (粵海). How limited is it to only base a Cantonese dictionary on the Yuehai ...
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Meaning of 对拆 (對拆) in 套路 names

There are different sequences of movements in martial arts (套路 - forms) all having their names. Some of these names are quite clear but some are hard to understand for me. For example a double hand ...
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How to say job offer in Mandarin/Cantonese?

Google Translate says job offer is 工作機會. This doesn't feel right. How do you say job offer in Cantonese and Mandarin?
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Is there any study on the relative difficulty of native Chinese speakers with different dialects learning another dialect?

I wonder if there is any research conducted in China, on the relative difficulty of Chinese speakers learning different dialects. I'm looking for something like the research by the Foreign Service ...
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What is 異 doing in the Cantonese translation of the movie title “Us”?

I asked a similar question here: What is 剋 doing in the Cantonese translation of the movie title “Widows”? The Cantonese title of the film Us has been translated as: 香港譯《我們·異》 Wikipedia also ...
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What is 剋 doing in the Cantonese translation of the movie title “Widows”?

The Cantonese translation of the film Widows seems to be translated: 《剋·寡婦》 What is 剋 doing here? The only reference I can find to it in dictionaries is in Words.HK which says: 動詞 帶嚟衰運;...
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Touch: difference between 碰,碰觸,觸碰, and 觸

There appear to be multiple ways to say touch according to YellowBridge. 1) Is there a difference between 碰,碰觸,觸碰, and 觸, or are they interchangeable? 2) In Cantonese, 點 seems to be the right way to ...
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What are the original Chinese characters for the Chinese family name Suening in the Philippines?

My late grandfather left Macau, China to the Philippine to find work around the year 1918-1920. In my dad's baptismal certificate, my grandfather carries the name Leo Suening. It's also common in the ...
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Translation from english into a phonetic Cantonese “Forces of Evil, Come and Obey.”

I'm a writer. I am trying to get "Forces of Evil, Come and Obey" or something with the same general meaning translated to phonetic Cantonese so I can have a character use it like a chant in a story ...
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What is the difference between「唐人」and「漢人」in Cantonese?

I have noticed that people speaking Cantonese use the term「唐人」. I am unsure about the definition of「唐人」in Cantonese. Does「唐人」in Cantonese mean exactly the same thing as「漢人」, or are there subtle ...
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How to say 'what's the difference between' in Cantonese?

I'm just wondering how to say 'what's the difference between X and X?' in Cantonese Any help (Jyutping or characters!) would be really appreciated! Thanks!
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What is the colloquial Cantonese translation for “还真是”?

A says: 他自从遇到车祸以后就不开车了。 B says: 还真是,我以为他不喜欢开车呢。
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What's the difference between 逼, 迫, and 逼迫? Do they all carry the same connotation of “to force?”

1) 逼, 迫, and 逼迫 all seem to mean "to force." Is there a difference? 2) If there's a difference, when should you use each one? 3) Which is the most common to use in speaking and writing? 4) Is there ...
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Is 受得了 the Mandarin equivalent of 頂得住 in Cantonese?

Is 受得了 the Mandarin equivalent of 頂得住 (cannot stand this) in Cantonese? If not, what is?

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