Language is for communication (yes, before one can move on to appreciate the aesthetics of a language). It is always easier to learn a language through “using” it in a social situation, rather than classroom setting. That is why a shop owner in touristy Patong Beach, Phuket, can communicate and negotiate with a potential customer in a good few languages (Seriously, I was spoken to in Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese and Korean. I deliberately looked at the shop owner with a blank look just to see how many different languages he could speak! It’s pretty impressive).
It was my birthday a couple of weekends ago, I decided to take a few of my foreign friends (and my bilingual friends) for Dim Sum in Central London. Besides having enjoyed a delicious lunch, all of them pick up a few useful words which I’ve listed below.
The phonetics is all in Cantonese, not only because I’m from Hong Kong but also due to the fact that Dim Sum is invested and mainly served in the Canton area (South East) of China.
Some of my favourite (and common Dim Sum…)