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Read as *joih*. Written equivalent of the Cantonese *hai* 'at, in.'
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中国中山大学的校园餐厅

(罗安妮去校园餐厅吃饭,遇见老朋友陈杰明。)

罗安妮:嗨,啊明, 2
Read as *sih*. Written equivalent of spoken *haih* 'to be.'
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你啊。你也来 3
Written equivalent of spoken *sihk* 'to eat' pronounced *hehk*.
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饭。
陈杰明:嗨,安妮,是你啊。好久 4
Read as *bat*. Written equivalent of the spoken negative marker *mh*.
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见了,你好吗?
罗: 我 5
Read as *hen*. Written equivalent of the spoken *hou* 'very' when it is used as an intensifier.
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好,谢谢。你呢?
陈: 还好6 还好
Read as *wahn hou*. Rough written equivalent of the spoken Cantonese *geihou* 'pretty well.'
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,就是很忙。你爸爸, 妈妈好吗?
罗: 他们7 他们
Read as *tamuhn*. Written equivalent of the spoken *keuihdeih* 'they, them, their.' The suffix *-muhn* itself is the written equivalent of the spoken *-deih*, which makes pronouns and some animate nouns plural.
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很好。下个星期,他们去法国 8
Written equivalent of spoken Cantonese *tai* 'to look,' pronounced *hon*.
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我奶奶。
哦,阿明,我有一个朋友叫林阳子,是日本人 。
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Read as *ta*. Written equivalent of spoken *keuih* 'she, her, hers.' Although spoken language does not mark pronouns for gender, written Chinese often does. The left of the character (refered to as the radical) here is the character for female 女, indicating 'she.' When *ta* means 'he' it has a stylized version of the radical for person or man 人. This gender distinction is relatively recent, however, and some writers use the latter form for both 'he' and 'she.'
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Read as *yah*. Written equivalent of spoken Cantonese *dou* 'also.'
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学外语。你想不想认识她啊?
陈: 好啊!她是不是学生啊?
罗: 是。她学中文。 明天11 明天
Read as *Mihng Tin*, meaning 'tomorrow.' Spoken Cantonese typically uses the form *Tingyaht*.
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我和你们介绍,好吗?
陈: 好啊!安妮,我们 一起12 一起
Read as *yathei*. Written equivalent of the spoken Cantonese *yatchaih* 'together.'
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吃饭吧! 13
Read as *wahn*. Written equivalent of the spoken *juhng* 'still.'
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可以 聊聊14 聊聊
Read as *liuh liuh*. Written equivalent of spoken *kinggai* 'to chat.'
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怎样啊?
罗: 好。 15
Read as *nah*. Written equivalent of *go-* 'that.'
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Classifier for open flat things.
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桌子 怎么样17 怎么样
Read as *zhemmo yeuhng*. Written equivalent of spoken *dim* 'how,' 'how about?'
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陈: 不错,我们一起过去吧。

 

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  1. Read as *joih*. Written equivalent of the Cantonese *hai* 'at, in.'

  2. Read as *sih*. Written equivalent of spoken *haih* 'to be.'

  3. Written equivalent of spoken *sihk* 'to eat' pronounced *hehk*.

  4. Read as *bat*. Written equivalent of the spoken negative marker *mh*.

  5. Read as *hen*. Written equivalent of the spoken *hou* 'very' when it is used as an intensifier.

  6. 还好

    Read as *wahn hou*. Rough written equivalent of the spoken Cantonese *geihou* 'pretty well.'

  7. 他们

    Read as *tamuhn*. Written equivalent of the spoken *keuihdeih* 'they, them, their.' The suffix *-muhn* itself is the written equivalent of the spoken *-deih*, which makes pronouns and some animate nouns plural.

  8. Written equivalent of spoken Cantonese *tai* 'to look,' pronounced *hon*.

  9. Read as *ta*. Written equivalent of spoken *keuih* 'she, her, hers.' Although spoken language does not mark pronouns for gender, written Chinese often does. The left of the character (refered to as the radical) here is the character for female 女, indicating 'she.' When *ta* means 'he' it has a stylized version of the radical for person or man 人. This gender distinction is relatively recent, however, and some writers use the latter form for both 'he' and 'she.'

  10. Read as *yah*. Written equivalent of spoken Cantonese *dou* 'also.'

  11. 明天

    Read as *Mihng Tin*, meaning 'tomorrow.' Spoken Cantonese typically uses the form *Tingyaht*.

  12. 一起

    Read as *yathei*. Written equivalent of the spoken Cantonese *yatchaih* 'together.'

  13. Read as *wahn*. Written equivalent of the spoken *juhng* 'still.'

  14. 聊聊

    Read as *liuh liuh*. Written equivalent of spoken *kinggai* 'to chat.'

  15. Read as *nah*. Written equivalent of *go-* 'that.'

  16. Classifier for open flat things.

  17. 怎么样

    Read as *zhemmo yeuhng*. Written equivalent of spoken *dim* 'how,' 'how about?'

Read as *joih*. Written equivalent of the Cantonese *hai* 'at, in.'
Read as *sih*. Written equivalent of spoken *haih* 'to be.'
Written equivalent of spoken *sihk* 'to eat' pronounced *hehk*.
Read as *bat*. Written equivalent of the spoken negative marker *mh*.
Read as *hen*. Written equivalent of the spoken *hou* 'very' when it is used as an intensifier.
Read as *wahn hou*. Rough written equivalent of the spoken Cantonese *geihou* 'pretty well.'
Read as *tamuhn*. Written equivalent of the spoken *keuihdeih* 'they, them, their.' The suffix *-muhn* itself is the written equivalent of the spoken *-deih*, which makes pronouns and some animate nouns plural.
Written equivalent of spoken Cantonese *tai* 'to look,' pronounced *hon*.
Read as *ta*. Written equivalent of spoken *keuih* 'she, her, hers.' Although spoken language does not mark pronouns for gender, written Chinese often does. The left of the character (refered to as the radical) here is the character for female 女, indicating 'she.' When *ta* means 'he' it has a stylized version of the radical for person or man 人. This gender distinction is relatively recent, however, and some writers use the latter form for both 'he' and 'she.'
Read as *yah*. Written equivalent of spoken Cantonese *dou* 'also.'
Read as *Mihng Tin*, meaning 'tomorrow.' Spoken Cantonese typically uses the form *Tingyaht*.
Read as *yathei*. Written equivalent of the spoken Cantonese *yatchaih* 'together.'
Read as *wahn*. Written equivalent of the spoken *juhng* 'still.'
Read as *liuh liuh*. Written equivalent of spoken *kinggai* 'to chat.'
Read as *nah*. Written equivalent of *go-* 'that.'
Classifier for open flat things.
Read as *zhemmo yeuhng*. Written equivalent of spoken *dim* 'how,' 'how about?'

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1. 中国中山大学校园餐厅

罗安妮校园餐厅吃饭遇见老朋友杰明。)

罗安妮:啊明是你啊吃饭
陈杰明:安妮好久不见了
罗: 谢谢
陈: 爸爸妈妈
罗: 他们下个星期他们法国奶奶
阿明一个朋友林阳子日本人
外语不想认识
陈: 不是学生
罗: 中文明天你们介绍
陈: 安妮我们一起吃饭可以聊聊
怎样
罗: 那张桌子怎么样
陈: 不错我们一起过去

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1. 在中国中山大学的校园餐厅

罗安妮去校园餐厅吃饭遇见老朋友陈杰明。)

罗安妮:嗨,啊明,是你啊。你也来吃饭。
陈杰明:嗨,安妮,是你啊。好久不见了,你好吗?
罗: 我很好,谢谢。你呢?
陈: 还好,就是很忙。你爸爸, 妈妈好吗?
罗: 他们很好。下个星期,他们去法国看我奶奶。
哦,阿明,我有一个朋友叫林阳子,是日本人 。
她也学外语。你想不想认识她啊?
陈: 好啊!她是不是学生啊?
罗: 是。她学中文。明天我和你们介绍,好吗?
陈: 好啊!安妮,我们一起吃饭吧!还可以聊聊, 怎样啊?
罗: 好。那张桌子怎么样?
陈: 不错,我们一起过去吧。

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1. 中国中山大学校园餐厅

罗安妮校园餐厅吃饭遇见老朋友杰明。)

罗安妮:啊明是你啊吃饭
陈杰明:安妮好久不见了
罗: 谢谢
陈: 爸爸妈妈
罗: 他们下个星期他们法国奶奶
阿明一个朋友林阳子日本人
外语不想认识
陈: 不是学生
罗: 中文明天你们介绍
陈: 安妮我们一起吃饭可以聊聊
怎样
罗: 那张桌子怎么样
陈: 不错我们一起过去

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1. 在中国中山大学的校园餐厅

罗安妮去校园餐厅吃饭遇见老朋友陈杰明。)

罗安妮:嗨,啊明,是你啊。你也来吃饭。
陈杰明:嗨,安妮,是你啊。好久不见了,你好吗?
罗: 我很好,谢谢。你呢?
陈: 还好,就是很忙。你爸爸, 妈妈好吗?
罗: 他们很好。下个星期,他们去法国看我奶奶。
哦,阿明,我有一个朋友叫林阳子,是日本人 。
她也学外语。你想不想认识她啊?
陈: 好啊!她是不是学生啊?
罗: 是。她学中文。明天我和你们介绍,好吗?
陈: 好啊!安妮,我们一起吃饭吧!还可以聊聊, 怎样啊?
罗: 好。那张桌子怎么样?
陈: 不错,我们一起过去吧。


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