For those who have no clue what this series is about, please read the pilot post here: Fun Cantonese 101.  This will help you understand, give some background, and tell the purpose of the Fun Cantonese 101 series.

Writing this series over the past few weeks have been fun. This week we the focus turns to food. Cuisines are a huge part of every culture and in many cases influences language. Let’s take look at 5 Cantonese phrases, which are food-based, and how they are used and what the mean.


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About this Guest Post

I was invited to write a guest post for Learn Chinese with NihaoHello they asked me to write about fascinating and interesting Cantonese phrases for beginners.

These are some common Cantonese phrases which are commonly used. Some of them were even created based on historical references about the Hong Kong years past. Hope you enjoy it.


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  1. 食檸檬 – Eat Lemons
  2. 豬扒 – Pork Chop
  3. 正菜 – Good Veggie
  4. 抄魷魚 – Fried Squids
  5. 唔好扮哂蟹 – Don’t pretend as a crab

Do you have any clue what the phrases above mean? Can you read any of the characters above? Can you guess what they say?…  No?…. that’s totally fine. It’s part of the fun of learning these and after you read my blog post these Cantonese phrases will make sense and prove to be useful. So CLICK  below to read my guest post and see if you got any of them right.


About Learn Chinese with NihaoHello

Jodee Lim is a Singaporean mom who is currently living in Estonia with her husband. Jodee and her husband are raising their cute and clever girl to speak Mandarin, English, Estonian and Hungarian. Jodee is bilingual, she speaks English and Chinese, and she started NihaoHello for English speakers wanting to learn Chinese in 2008. Cooking is another big part of her life, so Jodee started a food blog called Deelish Recipes in May of 2010 and has recipes from over 50 countries.

I originally found Jodee through her food blog (I am always looking for a great food blog with amazing Chinese recipes). Then, she introduced me to her Chinese Learning blog – NihaoHello as well, which I love because finding a great Chinese learning blog with amazing resources is hard.

NihaoHello is a blog that provides useful posts for English speakers who want to learn Mandarin Chinese. It is not Chinese learning methods and tips, but also provides great resources such as:

  • Chinese cultures
  • Chinese taboos
  • Interesting Chinese Proverbs
  • Chinese characters writing
  • Useful travel Chinese Phrases, etc.


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