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Cantonese character of the day

  • 07-09-2003 8:20pm
    Registered Users Posts: 3,165 DEmeant0r

    I will post a word everyday in chinese, the jyutpin and the meaning. You will need the Big5 font to view this. The font should be in your windows installation disc.

    Today's(8/9/03) word:

    jyupin: san4
    [1] [n] spirit; god; supernatural being; deity; immortal [2] soul; mind; spirit [3] appearance; looks; expressions; air [4] supernatural; marvelous; wondrous; miraculous; mysterious; mystical [5] smart; clever
    Stroke count: 10



  • saang1 sang1
    [1] [v] live; life; living; lifetime; livelihood; alive [2] [v] be born; come into being; come into existence; birth [3] [v] breed; bear; produce; beget; create; give rise to; cause [4] uncooked; raw; unripe; crude [5] unfamiliar; strange; unknown [6] save; untamed; barbarian; uncultured [7] [n] pupil; student [8] the male character type in a Chinese opera [9] creatures [10] a Chinese family name [11] Kangxi radical 100
    Stroke count: 5

  • Tomorrows word should be 'HAI', which means 'YES' or 'OK'.

  • Yeah sure, I'll prepare it for tomorrow.

  • OK, I've prepared 'yes' like neo asked. The first is the one used in writing, but the second is used in speech.

    jyutpin: Si
    Definition: indeed, yes, right; to be; demonstrative pronoun, this, that

    This one is used in speech:

    jyutpin: Hai
    Definition: yes, yes it is.

  • i thought 'si' is the one normally used in speech in putonghua, and that 'hai' is a dodgy cantonese thing?

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  • ahem...crowbar, just wondering what do you mean by "dodgy cantonese thing"?

  • from what i have seen, spoken mandarin is much closer to written chinese than spoken cantonese is. spoken cantonese seems to use many more words that are only used in spoken cantonese, and not in written chinese. is one allowed to write 'hai' in formal written chinese?

    for example, i don't remember reading or hearing 'dix xie' or 'bar xie' being used last time i was in the mainland, but it's commonplace in hk. (can't for the life of me remember what it was instead.) times, however, may have changed, and spoken mandarin may well have absorbed said englishisms into the language.

    and come on, cantonese speakers are a dodgy lot ... just look at the things they get up to in their soaps! :D

  • hi;

    Crowbar, you're correct there is far more slang in Cantonese than mandarin, for example: ba xie is bus in cantonese slang but written is is siu ba (translating to small transport I think..)

    As for hai, you never write is down, we write dui (as in you are correct, and si when we mean what).
    Isn't hai a handy word??

  • All the words mentioned there e.g. 'dix xie', 'bar xie', 'hai' etc. can be written in Chinese. It's only not as formal.

    One really interested me is 'dui'...hope it's not the curse word I've heard in my entire life.

  • I think diu is a curse word, heard people say it when they got angry.

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  • Anyways, today's word of the day is:

    [1] snow [2] [v] wipe away; wash away; clean
    Stroke count: 11

  • sau6
    [v] receive; accept; get; [2] [v] take; bear; stand; suffer; tolerate; endure [3] [v] be pleasant to (the ears, etc) [4] preceding a verb to form a passive voice
    Stroke count: 8

  • laat6
    [1] peppery; pungent; hot; piquant [2] [v] burn; bite (smell, taste) [3] [Wu] be
    Stroke count: 14

  • muk6
    [1] [n] eye [2] [v] look; regard; see [3] [n] table of contents; category
    Stroke count: 5

  • sei3
    [1] four; fourth [2] all around
    Stroke count: 5

  • mou5
    [1] one's mother; one's female parent [2] [n] mother (figuratively); origin
    Stroke count: 5

  • mou4
    [1] negative; no; not; none [2] without; destitute of; wanting; [v] lack; have not [3] no matter what (or how); not yet [4] a Chinese family name
    Stroke count: 12

  • si1
    n. lion
    Stroke count: 13

  • can1 can3
    [1] relatives [2] parents [3] [v] love; intimate; near to; dear [4] personally; personal; person; self [5] [v] kiss
    Stroke count: 16

  • hoeng2
    [1] [v] enjoy; receive (peace, happiness, long life, good health) [2] [v] offer; enjoy or taste of the sacrifices (gods, spirits) [3] [v] entertain
    Stroke count: 8

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  • huk1
    [v] weep; cry; wail; sob
    Stroke count: 10

    Posted in Simplified chinese, so to view this one change to Simplified encoding.

  • ma5
    [1] [n] horse [2] a Chinese family name [3] Kangxi radical 187
    Stroke count: 10

  • Âd

    [1] [n] cupboard; wardrobe; cabinet [2] [n] shop counter
    Stroke count: 18


  • ®v

    [1] [n] teacher; master; tutor [2] [n] specialist (especially of medicine; painting, music, divining, etc.) [3] [n] division in the Chinese army; [4] [n] army [5] [n] model; example [6] [v] teach [7] [v] pattern; model after [8] [n] local administrative chief [9] a surname
    Stroke count: 10


  • ±i

    zoeng1 zoeng3
    [1] [v] open; stretch; extend [2] [v] display [3] [n] sheet (of paper); leaf (of a book) [4] a Chinese family name [5] [Hakka] [v] trap animals; catch animals
    Stroke count: 11


  • coeng1
    [1] [n] window; skylight [2] a place where one studies
    Stroke count: 12

  • gai1
    [n] chicken; hen; cock; domestic fowl
    Stroke count: 18

    This is for the 26th btw, didn't have time to do it...

  • gong2
    Cantonese dialectical word: say; speak
    Stroke count: 17

  • sik1
    [1] [n] colour; tint; tinge; hue; shade [2] facial expression; look; appearance [3] sensuality; desire for beauty; lust; lewdness; carnal pleasure [4] worldly things [5] a kind; sort [6] Kangxi radical 139
    Stroke count: 6

    This is for the 28th, too lazy to do it last night.

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  • muk6
    [1] [n] tree [2] wood; lumber; timber [3] made of wood; wooden [4] simple; honest [5] senseless; benumbed; dull [6] [n] coffin
    Stroke count: 4

    This is for the 29th (today)