Cantonese: physical appearance and kinship

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From "Colloquial Cantonese" Unit 5. For English speakers learning Cantonese via Yale Romanization.

léih haih dímyéung ga

What do you look like?

léih fèih dihng sau a

Are you fat or thing?

ngóh haih yāt go dyún tàuhfaat ge néuihjái

I am a short-haired woman

léih yáuh móuh daai ngáahngéng a

Do you wear glasses?

Lē!

Look over there!

gó bīn

over there

gó go

that person

Tòhng lóuhsī

my teacher Mr. Tong

gó go jauh haih Tòhng lóuhsī laak

that is my teacher Teacher Tong

gó bīn. . . gó go jauh haih Tòhng lóuhsī àh

so, the . . . one over there is Teacher Tong?

Haih laak

That's right. Right. Yes.

léih go Gwóngdūngwá lóuhsī

Your Cantonese teacher

Làhm táai

Mrs. Lam

Kéuih hóu hauhsāang wo

She looks very young

Kéuih yih-sahp chāt seui ja

She's only 27 years old
(lit. She 27 years-old only)

ngái

short

gōudaaih

big

ngáisai

small

chèuhng tàuhfaat

long-haired

dyún tàuhfaat

short-haired

leng

pretty

lengjái

handsome

hauhsāang

young

daai ngáahngéng

wears glasses

móuh daai ngáahngéng

does not wear glasses

móuh daai

does not wear

ngáahngéng

glasses

yáuh wùhsōu

has a mustache / beard

móuh wùhsōu

does not have a mustache / beard

tàuhfaat

(head) hair

hóu gōu

very tall

géi gōu

quite tall

gōu-gōu-déi

quite tall

mhaih géi gōu

not too tall

màh-má-déi gōu

not too tall

géi ngái

quite short

ngái-ngái-déi

quite short

hóu ngái

very short

kéuih gōu-mh-gōu a

is he/she tall?

kéuih fèih-mh-fèih a

is he/she fat?

kéuih yáuh móuh wùhsōu a

Does he/she have a beard/mustache?

y'ah seui

twenty years old

yih-sahp seui

twenty years old

only
(final particle)

bàh-bā

father

màh-mā

mother

gòh-gō

elder brother

daaihlóu

elder brother

dàih-dái

younger brother

sailóu

younger brother

hīng daih jí muih

siblings

jèih-jē

elder sister

gājē

elder sister

(mùih-)múi

younger sister

néui

daughter

nī géi go

these (several people)

ngūkkéiyàhn

family members

ngóh dī ngūkkéiyàhn

my family members

ngóh bàh-bā

my father

gaaklèih

by the side / next to

Kéuihdeih sei-sahp gáu seui làh

They are 49 years-old?
(showing surprise)

làh

(sentence final particle showing surprise)

Kéuihdeih go yéung

Their appearance / They appear

gāmnín

this year

haih a

(confirmatory response)

... gāmnín géidō seui a

How old is ... ?

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