January 31, 2008

Wendy Vo

Wendy Vo is an 8-year-old Vietnamese girl who can speak multiple languages. She has demonstrated her ability in a couple of video clips posted on YouTube. I have clipped out part of her Cantonese conversation from this video clip, between 2:16 and 3:18. The conversation is trivial and should be a good material for novice learners.

Please take note that both speakers have slight accents.

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Transcript / Jyutping / Translation

你(有)幾姊妹呀?
nei5(jau5)gei2 zi2 mui6 aa3?
How many sisters do you have?

我有一個弟弟呀
ngo5 jau5 jat1 go3 dai4 dai2 aa3
I have one (younger) brother

哦, 淨係有一個弟弟架咋
o6, zing6 hai6 jau5 jat1 go3 dai4 dai2 gaa3 zaa4
I see, only one (younger) brother

你媽媽係做乜嘢架?
nei5 maa4 maa1 hai6 zou6 mat1 je5 gaa3?
What does your mother do?

我媽媽幫我個爸爸
ngo5 maa4 maa1 bong1 ngo5 go3 baa4 baa1
My mother is helping my father

哦. 你鐘唔鐘意食中國餐呀?
o6. nei5 zung1 m4 zung1 ji3 sik6 zung1 gwok3 caan1 aa3?
I see. Do you like to eat Chinese food?

唔鐘意
m4 zung1 ji3
I don't like it

唔鐘意? 噉你點解又會天天食嘢呀?
m4 zung1 ji3? gam2 nei5 dim2 gaai2 jau6 wui5 tin1 tin1 sik6 je5 aa3?
You don't like it? Then why do you eat everyday?

哦...
o6...
Oh...

鐘唔鐘意呀?
zung1 m4 zung1 ji3 aa3?
Do you like it?

唔鐘意
m4 zung1 ji3
I don't like it

哎吔, 唔鐘意
aai3 jaa5, m4 zung1 ji3
Oh (no), you don't like it.

你幾多歲呀? 你幾歲呀?
nei5 gei2 do1 seoi3 aa3? nei5 gei2 seoi3 aa3?
How old are you? How old are you?

我八歲喇
ngo5 baat3 seoi3 laa3
I am 8.

你學中文有幾耐呀?
nei5 hok6 zung1 man2 jau5 gei2 noi6 aa3?
How long have you been learning Chinese?

我學...
ngo5 hok6...
I learn...

學咗幾多年呢?
hok6 zo2 gei2 do1 nin4 ne1?
How many years have you learned?

六年
luk6 nin4
6 years

六年抑(或)係五年呀?
luk6 nin4 jik1 (waak6) hai6 ng5 nin4 aa3?
6 years or 5 years?

唔係呀
m4 hai6 aa3
No

你話你三歲開始學家嘛
nei5 waa6 nei5 saam1 seoi3 hoi1 ci2 hok6 gaa1 ma3
You said you started learning at 3

係呀
hai6 aa3
Yes

但係你而家先得八歲, 邊有六年呀?
daan6 hai6 nei5 ji4 gaa1 sin1 dak1 baat3 seoi3, bin1 jau5 luk6 nin4 aa3?
But you are only 8, how come 6 years?

等陣... 啊! 係啊, 係五年呀!
dang2 zan6... aa3! hai6 aa3, hai6 ng5 nin4 aa3!
Wait... Oh, yes, 5 years!

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