Is it cold today?

Now that it’s spring time, my kids ask me what they should wear every morning because the weather changes every day.  So I taught them how to ask in Chinese.  

  • Is it cold today? = 今日凍唔凍啊?= gam1 jat6 dung3 m4 dung3 aa1
  • It’s very cold today = 今日好凍 = gam1 jat6 hou2 dung3
  • It’s cold today = 今日凍啊 = gam1 jat6 dung3 aa1
  • It’s a little cold today = 今日小小凍 = gam1 jat6 siu2 siu2 dung3
  • It’s not cold today = 今日唔凍 = gam1 jat6 m4 dung3

MAKE IT FUN:

Draw pictures of different temperatures (0C, 5C, 10C, 15C) on flashcards and your kids to answer according to the card they pick.  

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I discovered that these numbers represent the 6 different tones in  Cantonese.  If you can say these 6 numbers in Cantonese, you can learn to pronounce any Cantonese word properly with the jyutping system.
1 = 一 = jat1
9 = 九 = gau2
4 = 四 = sei3
0 = 零 = ling4
5 = 五 = ng5
2 = 二 = ji6

Make it fun:

Practise making these tones with any word and tell your kids what each word means.  My kids had a blast with the ‘syu’ sound.
書 = syu1 = book
鼠 = syu2 = mouse
薯 = syu4 = potato
樹 = syu6 = tree

Are you hungry?

My life revolves around food so I will be teaching my kids a lot of food-related phrases. 😂

  • Are you hungry? = 你肚唔肚餓? = nei5 tou5 m4 tou5 ngo6 ?
  • I am not hungry = 我唔肚餓 = ngo5 m4 tou5 ngo6
  • I’m a little hungry = 我小小肚餓 = ngo5 siu2 siu2 tou5 ngo6
  • I’m hungry = 我肚餓 = ngo5 tou5 ngo6
  • I’m very hungry = 我好肚餓 = ngo5 hou2 tou5 ngo6

Make it fun:

Ask them this question throughout the day so they can practise all the different possible responses!

What do you want to eat?

We usually 3 meals a day so teach your kids how to answer this question!  Even if they don’t know how to say the specific food in Chinese, they can still say the rest of the sentence in Chinese.

What do you want to eat?  = 你想食乜嘢?= nei5 soeng2 sik6 mat1 je5 ?
I want to eat ____. = 我想食 ____. = ngo5 soeng2 sik6 ____.

Make it fun:

You can practise this question every morning before breakfast.  Teach your kids how to say the basics (cereal, toast, eggs, oatmeal, etc…) and they can respond to this question.