Cantonese Short Lesson 10.1: ** Vocab: Countries! **
Welcome to the first part of the tenth lesson of Cantonese! Enjoy! (apologies for the slight delay of this lesson)
Just as a celebration, I have finished my Polish tree! I would like to thank the contributors for their hard work, and all those who have encouraged me through the journey. You know who you are ;)
Anyway, today we are going through some of the most important countries of the world in Cantonese. Let's get started!
Canada = 加拿大 (gaa1 naa4 daai6)
United States (of America) = 美國 (mei5 gwok3)
Brazil = 巴西 (baa1 sai1)
Chile = 智利 (zi3 lei6)
Argentina = 阿根廷 (aa3 gan1 ting4)
Egypt = 埃及 (aai1 kap6)
South Africa = 南非 (naam4 fei1)
Madagascar = 馬達加斯加 (maa5 daat6 gaa1 si1 gaa1)
Kenya = 肯尼亞 (hang2 nei4 ngaa3)
UK/GB = 英國 (jing1 gwok3)
France = 法國 (faat3 gwok3)
Germany = 德國 (dak1 gwok3)
Russia = 俄羅斯 (ngo4 lo4 si1)
Spain = 西班牙 (sai1 baan1 ngaa4)
Italy = 意大利 (ji3 daai6 lei6)
China = 中國 (zung1 gwok3)
And because we are learning Cantonese,
Hong Kong = 香港 (hoeng1 gong2)
Japan = 日本 (jat6 bun2)
South Korea = 南韓 (naam4 hon4)
India = 印度 (jan3 dou6)
The Philippines = 菲律賓 (fei1 leot6 ban1)
Australia = 澳洲 (ou3 zau1)
New Zealand = 新西蘭 (san1 sai1 laan4)
Malaysia = 馬來西亞 (maa5 loi4 sai1 ngaa3)
Thank you for reading this. Questions (especially if I've either omitted an important country or a country should not be in a certain continent) are welcome!
Wow, I see some of them are really different to Mandarin.
我係啊根廷人 so 多謝!
And I think 臺灣 and尼日利亞 are important too (I don't know how to say them in Canto XD)
And of course, congratulations for your Polish tree!
I thought of that when I typed Argentina ;)
Taiwan and Nigeria (toi4 waan1 and nay4 jat6 nay3 aa3 respectively)? I won't add those on this post, but in the exercise that follows I will provide a link of countries of the world for those interested.
Thank you Ciro... Ukrainian next? :)
I actually think I will complete the English for Chinese speakers tree before Ukrainian.
Congratulations on your Polish tree! I was wondering, how would you say the following countries that are not above (just out of interest):
<sub>Norway </sub>Bhutan <sub>Ireland </sub>Switzerland ~Greece
Also, I think Italy is a pretty important country in Europe too:)
Thank you Alec :)
Here are the translations (I don't know about Bhutan, sorry) in Cantonese along with the Jyutping:
Norway: 挪威 (no4 wai1)
Ireland: 愛爾蘭 (ngoi3 ji5 laan4)
Switzerland: 瑞士 (seoi6 si6)
Greece: 希臘 (hei1 laap6)
I have added Italy to the post now!