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Cantonese: physical appearance and kinship

From "Colloquial Cantonese" Unit 5. For English speakers learning Cantonese via Yale Romanization.
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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)
gōu
tall
ngái
short
gōudaaih
big
ngáisai
small
fèih
fat
sau
thin
chèuhng tàuhfaat
long-haired
dyún tàuhfaat
short-haired
leng
pretty
lengjái
handsome
lóuh
old
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
jái
son
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 ... ?