This podcast is dedicated to a certain ex-coworker of ours known widely throughout Hong Kong for his uncanny abilities in the art of pen theft. No matter how many we'd buy or where we'd hide them, by the end of the week every single writing instrument in the office would have magically gravitated to his desk. And he was always on the hunt for more.

If you're just getting started learning Cantonese, this podcast will be a bit advanced for you; get started by listening to our Critical Phrases series for Absolute Beginners. Once you've worked through them, join us here for a quick look at asking to borrow things, as well as another way to make requests in general. And if you have any questions or comments, feel free to write us at service@popupcantonese.com or leave a note in our discussion section below.
 said on
April 13, 2011
我有一個同事佢好鍾意咬筆。每次佢嚟到我嘅位度佢就搦起嚟咬我支筆。所以公司裡邊所有嘅筆都畀佢咬過。

Actually that coworker left the company a few months ago, so all of our pens are safe now :-)
 said on
April 13, 2011
@chiuyan

哈哈,咁真係要恭喜你個同事離職。我讀書嗰陣好鍾意轉筆,成日攞啲筆嚟玩,但係轉得唔好,啲筆跌晒落地,跌壞晒,後來我嘅同學就收起啲筆,唔俾我轉。
 said on
April 14, 2011
I never 借筆俾人! :)
 said on
April 14, 2011
@woaibento

點解?You must have lost a lot of pens in the past. :)
 said on
April 15, 2011
@ Nicole,

If it's a cheap pen, I would borrow. But yes, I would always lose a pen somehow. And now I have 好多筆! Actually 太多筆! :)
 said on
April 15, 2011
@woaibento

Haha. I once bought an expensive pen -- around 100 RMB, expensive to me as a child -- to my father as a birthday gift and he lost it in two days! So the year after I just bought him a lighter instead.
 said on
August 15, 2012
This dialogue is surprisingly fast for a beginner lesson, maybe it's just cause I'm new to this language haha...
 said on
August 24, 2012
I wish I could speak fluently!!! My dad didn't want my first language to be chinese, so now I don't speak any cantonese at all... Now there are so many Hong Kong people at my school and I can't talk to them.