Introduction to measuring words
Unlike English, measuring words are needed when you need to say an object. For example we only need to say a book in English, but in Cantonese, when have to put a measuring word in front of the object, like 一本書. Here is a table of some measuring words:
|Measuring word||Pronunciation||When to use||Example|
|本||bun2||a flat object, but not very thin||Book書|
|個||go3||an irregular object||Apple蘋果, orange橙|
|塊||faai3||an irregular, flatten object||cookie曲奇餅|
|張||zoeng1||a very thin and flat object||paper紙, ticket飛|
|隻||zek3||an animal that is not flat; non-elongated object||chicken雞, cow牛, egg雞蛋, watch錶|
|條||tiu4||an animal that is flat; an elongated object||fish魚, crocodile鱷魚, rope繩, belt皮帶, trousers褲, straw飲管|
|對||deoi3||pair of||shoes鞋, socks襪 (NOT trousers)|
|座||zo6||building||high-rise building大廈, tower塔|
|嚿（正字係䊆)||gau6||A piece of||Use for wood 木, rice 飯 etc.|
Imagine you are doing shopping and need to get some grocery from a shopkeeper. Study the following dialogues and make your own version with the above examples of measuring words:
Shopkeeper: What would you like?
Me: I want to buy a chicken.