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Cantonese help - Glossika words

Hello!! or more like 點呀?

I am currently living in HK for a semster abroad and purchased the glossika Cantonese mass sentence thing. Anyway in some sentences I have noticed they say 喺度 for example:

Barbara 係度睇緊報紙 -   Barbara is reading a newspaper

我係度做緊嘢. 我唔係睇緊電視 - I'm working. I'm not watching TV.

個電話係度響 - The phone is ringing

So you use it when something is happening at that exact moment, but then sometimes you don't have to use it? Like in:

我哋食緊晚飯 - We're having dinner.

佢哋喺 公  園 度玩緊 - They're playing in the park.

Little confused as to how 喺度 is used and when. Because my dictionary is translating it as meaning here but I am confused.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Sep 13, 2016 11:55 AM
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I think 係度is not necessary in a lot of sentences. 

But係度can make the tone of sentences stronger.

係度 can mean here/or doing something in usual.

If you live in Hong Kong, people will more like to say hi/hello to you.

If you have a really good friend , maybe he/she will say 點呀 to you.

Something like asking ‘how are you?’.

點呀 is a informal word, a little bit rude .

If the stranger say that to you , always no good things happen.

September 15, 2016

喺度 originally means "here" as in some of your sentences. Yet the usage of this phrase can be "figurative", ie there is an extended meaning for emphasizing "right now":

Barbara 係度睇緊報紙 -   Barbara is reading a newspaper - extended meaning "right now"

我係度做緊嘢. 我唔係睇緊電視 - I'm working. I'm not watching TV.  - extended meaning "right now"

Quite a number of phrases in Cantonese carry extended meanings (which is common in natural languages). The extended meanings can be dominant over the time. :-)

Another example of dominating extended meaning of a phrase: 實 . it originally means "firm" but it can be used as an adverb for "definitely".

佢實死無生 he has no chance to live

Hope it helps~

September 15, 2016

From my understanding, it isn't required; however, it does indicate location. 

For example, 佢係嗰度食嘢 = He/she there eat things. (My grammar maybe off a little) 

                        佢係度食嘢 = He/she here eat things.

Yet, you could just say 佢食嘢 = he eat things.

I've have been using Glossika on and off. While I find it very useful for improving listening and fluency, some of the sentences are overly complex and sometimes the grammar is a little English sounding. Cantonese grammar is actually very simple, to the point that it seems there are not enough words. In addition, Glossika uses some very English phrases that I haven't really heard anyone say in Cantonese. 

If you are near TST, there is a good bookshop called Swindon Books that has some good books upstairs. The publisher is Greenwood Press. It is always good to use various materials to get exposure to the language. 

September 14, 2016
So do you have to have 係度  in the sentence for it to make sense or can you leave it out and people will still understand? Does it just add that little bit extra to the sentence?
September 14, 2016

係度 means doing something.

個電話係度響 - The phone is ringing

我哋食緊晚飯can also expressed as 我哋係度食緊晚飯or我哋係度食晚飯 - We're having dinner.

But in the sentence 佢哋喺公園度玩緊,喺means 'be somewhere' here,it doesn't used together with 度。- They're playing in the park.

September 13, 2016
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