Cantonese/Lesson 9

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Days of a Week[edit]

Spoken form Written form Yale English
禮拜一 星期一 láih baai yāt Monday
禮拜二 星期二 láih baai yih Tuesday
禮拜三 星期三 láih baai sāam Wednesday
禮拜四 星期四 láih baai sei Thursday
禮拜五 星期五 láih baai ńgh Friday
禮拜六 星期六 láih baai luhk Saturday
禮拜日 星期日 láih baai yaht Sunday

Months of a Year[edit]

Spoken & Written form Yale English
一月 yāt yuht January
二月 yih yuht February
三月 sāam yuht March
四月 sei yuht April
五月 ńgh yuht May
六月 luhk yuht June
七月 chāt yuht July
八月 baat yuht August
九月 gáu yuht September
十月 sahp yuht October
十一月 sahp yāt yuht November
十二月 sahp yih yuht December

Seasons of a Year[edit]

Spoken & Written form Yale English
春天 chēun tīn Spring
夏天 hah tīn Summer
秋天 chāu tīn Autumn
冬天 dūng tīn Winter

Time of a day[edit]

Spoken form Written form Yale English
上晝 上午 séuhng jau A.M.
中午 中午 jung ńgh Noon
下晝 / 晏晝 下午 hah jau / ngaan jau P.M.

Time on a clock[edit]

  • For telling time, 兩 is used instead of 二 for the hour, use 二 for the minute.
  • The Cantonese for "o'clock" is 點鐘. Study the following examples:
Spoken form Written form Yale English
上晝一點鐘 上午一時 séuhng jau yāt dím jūng one A.M.
下晝兩點鐘 下午二時 hah jau léuhng dím jūng two P.M.


  • The Cantonese for "half past" is 點半 (and 半 means "half of"). Study the following examples:
Spoken form Written form Yale English
上晝三點半 上午三時三十分 séuhng jau sāam dím bun half past three A.M.
下晝四點半 下午四時三十分 hah jau sei dím bun half past four P.M.


  • The time not exactly "o'clock" can be said with the format "x點y分". Study the following examples:
Spoken form Written form Yale English
上晝一點四十分 上午一時四十分 séuhng jau yāt dím sei sahp fān twenty to two A.M.
下晝兩點二十三分 下午二時二十三分 hah jau léuhng dím yih sahp sāam fān twenty-three past two P.M.