Cantonese sayings tote bag
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Made in collaboration with Foo Hung Curios, a gift shop located within the Chinatown Storytelling Centre + a project of the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation.The Chinatown Storytelling Centre is a community space dedicated to the preservation and sharing of stories of the Chinese Canadian community as experienced and witnessed through its historic epicentre, Vancouver’s Chinatown. Foo Hung Curios is a part of this vision and a place to support and showcase Chinese Canadian artists and entrepreneurs. You may also purchase this bag directly at Foo Hung Curios.
Made of 100% cotton canvas, this roomy tote bag features some of the most popular Cantonese sayings ever uttered.
Perfect for: running errands, remembering key Canto slang, a bit of linguistic fun
Here's what these words mean:
Yeet hay (熱氣) - referencing a Chinese medicine thing about eating foods that cause heat in the body, leading to pimples, sore throats, canker sores, etc.
Ga yau (加油) - go for it, more effort, literally means add gas
Chee seen (黐線) - crazy, literally means stuck/crossed wires
Mo saw wai (無所謂) - whatever, doesn't matter
Aiya (哎呀) - an interjection that can be used to express everything!
Fai dee lah (快啲啦) - hurry up
Yook shoon (肉酸) - gross, ewww
Wei? (喂) - not really slang, it's how we say hello on the phone
Ma ma day (麻麻哋) - so so, just OK
Ho duk yee (好得意) - so cute
Mmm goy (唔該) - thank you
So ma fan (麻煩) - so annoying, fussy, what a pain, irritating, a lot of bother
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