Cantonese Gender

If you're trying to learn Cantonese Feminine you will find some useful resources including a course about genders: Feminine and Masculine... to help you with your Cantonese grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and notice the pattern that occurs each time the word changes its place. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Cantonese. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!


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Cantonese Gender

Learning the Cantonese gender is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. The more you master it the more you get closer to mastering the Cantonese language. But first we need to know what the role of gender is in the structure of the grammar in Cantonese.

Cantonese feminine refers to female qualities attributed specifically to women and girls or things considered feminine. The complement to feminine is masculine.

Grammar Tips:

The Cantonese third person singular pronoun is keui5. In written Cantonese, the character most commonly used to record this is 佢; it may be used to refer to people of either gender. The practice of replacing the "亻" radical with "女" (forming the character 姖) to specifically indicate the female gender may also be seen occasionally in informal writing; however, this is neither widely accepted nor grammatically or semantically required, and, unlike 佢, the character 姖 has a separate meaning in standard Chinese.


Here are some examples:

English GenderCantonese Gender
Feminine女性
he is happy他很快樂
she is happy她很快樂
he is American他是美國人
she is American她是美國人
man男人
woman女人
father爸爸
mother媽媽
brother兄弟
sister姐妹
uncle伯父;叔父;姑父;姨丈;舅父
aunt伯母;嬸母;姑母;姨母;舅母
bull公牛
cow母牛
boy男孩
girl女孩

Notice the structure of the gender in Cantonese.

List of gender in Cantonese

Below is a list of objects, can you determine whether they're feminine, masculine or plural in Cantonese? Memorizing this table will also help you add very useful and important words to your Cantonese vocabulary.

English VocabularyCantonese Vocabulary
objects物件
bathroom浴室
bed臥室
bedroom睡房
ceiling天花
chair椅子
clothes衣服
coat外套
cup
desk
dress
floor地板
fork
furniture傢俬
glass玻璃杯
hat
house
ink
jacket外套
kitchen廚房
knife
lamp
letter
map地圖
newspaper報紙
notebook記事簿
pants
paper
pen
pencil鉛筆
pharmacy藥房
picture圖片
plate
refrigerator雪櫃
restaurant餐廳
roof屋頂
room房間
rug小地毯
scissors剪刀
shampoo洗髮水
shirt恤衫
shoes
soap肥皀
socks襪子
spoon
table
toilet廁所
toothbrush牙刷
toothpaste牙膏
towel毛巾
umbrella雨傘
underwear內衣
wall
wallet銀包
window
telephone電話

Feminine and Masculine have a very important role in Cantonese. Once you're done with the Yue gender, you might want to check the rest of our Cantonese lessons here: Learn Cantonese. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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