唔該

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ChineseEdit

hold in mouth; bite; (Cant.) no/not
 
that; the above-mentioned; most likely; to deserve; should; ought to; owe
trad. (唔該)
simp. (唔该)

EtymologyEdit

From the negation particle () and the character (gāi, “should”), literally meaning "[this] should not [be done]", saying that what the other had done was not necessary or it was very kind of them to have done this.

PronunciationEdit


InterjectionEdit

唔該 (Cantonese)

  1. excuse me (to get attention)
    唔該可以冰水 [Cantonese, trad.]
    唔该可以冰水 [Cantonese, simp.]
    M4 goi1, ho2 m4 ho2 ji5 jiu3 bui1 bing1 seoi2 aa3? [Jyutping]
    Excuse me, can I have a glass of ice water?
  2. please
    唔該睇住 / 唔该睇住 [Cantonese]  ―  M4 goi1 nei5 tung4 ngo5 tai2 zyu6 di1 je5. [Jyutping]  ―  Please keep an eye on my stuff.
  3. thank you
    唔該 / 唔该 [Cantonese]  ―  M4 goi1 saai3! [Jyutping]  ―  Thank you very much!

SynonymsEdit

  • (thank you):
Dialectal synonyms of 謝謝 ("thank you")
Variety Location Words
Classical Classical 有勞感謝感恩
Mandarin Beijing 謝謝謝謝你多謝
Cantonese Guangzhou 唔該多謝
Hong Kong 唔該多謝
Taishan 唔該多謝
Hakka Miaoli (N. Sixian) 恁仔細承蒙你阿里加多
Liudui (S. Sixian) 多謝承蒙承蒙你阿里加多
Hsinchu (Hailu) 承蒙承蒙你阿里加多
Dongshi (Dabu) 勞瀝恁勞瀝承蒙承蒙你阿里加多
Taiwanese Raoping 承蒙承蒙你恁仔細勞力阿里加多
Yunlin (Zhao'an) 勞力阿里加多
Min Dong Fuzhou 謝謝
Min Nan Quanzhou 道謝費神勞力
Xiamen 多謝費神勞力
Zhangzhou 多謝費神勞力
Taipei 多謝勞力
Kaohsiung 多謝勞力感恩
Tainan 多謝勞力感恩
Taichung 勞力多謝
Yilan 多謝勞力感恩
Lukang 多謝勞力
Sanxia 勞力
Kinmen 勞力多謝
Magong 勞力多謝
Hsinchu 勞力多謝
Malaysia 感謝
Wu Shanghai 謝謝謝謝儂多謝

Usage notesEdit

When 唔該唔该 is used to mean "thank you," only use it to thank someone for something that you have requested. Using it to thank someone for a gift, patronage, or applause may be offensive. See 多謝多谢 (duōxiè).

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