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10+ Easy Translations For Animals In Cantonese

December 27, 2021

Are you an animal lover? Well, you're in the right place! In today's post, we will learn about the translations for the names of animals in Cantonese 動物 (Dung6 Mat6). More importantly, we will dive deep into some of the interesting information relating to the common animals found in Asia.

Hong Kongers have many things to be proud of, and one of them is their rich biodiversity. If you are in Hong Kong, pay a visit to the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens to see how blessed the locals are! As we all know, animals have always been considered treasures by many countries. Back in the day, even our ancestors deem that they are holy and that they carry symbolism. Due to this, there are some who have domesticated while others are allowed to roam free.

So, if you are interested to learn more about them and the Cantonese language, then this post is perfect for you. If you're still a beginner at reading and understanding Cantonese Chinese characters, don't worry because we will provide here the English translations and pronunciation guides.

 

Naming Common Animals In Cantonese

Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens

One of the common words that children learn when they begin to study is naming the animals. In fact, children and also adults love to go to the zoo. We have learned that animals have different classes, namely mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, and amphibians. There are also those non-vertebrate animals that do not have backbones.

One of the new words that you learn about animals in Cantonese is how to say the word "animals." Basically, the translation for this is 動物 Dung6 Mat6, but you might also encounter the term 动物 Dòngwù, which is a Mandarin term. Both of these terms are acceptable and are used by the locals using the Cantonese language. Now that you have an idea of that, let's now learn about the translations for the 10 most common animals.

Dog - 狗 (Gau2)

Dog - 狗 (Gau2)

Let's start with the man's best friend, who is the dog 狗 (Gau2). If you're a dog lover, you are surely wondering what it is like to live with dogs in Hong Kong. Dogs are one of the common pets that people have. In fact, when deciding to have a dog, it's good to adopt one, not buy one. But living with dogs in Hong Kong can be challenging.

For starters, we have small apartments. If you have been following Cantonese blogs for a while now, you already know that houses in Hong Kong are really expensive, so they prefer to rent small apartments that are not too ideal for dogs. In Hong Kong, dogs are prohibited from public transportation. Some places in Hong Kong are dog-friendly, but the fact that you can't put them on public transportation means you should have your own private car or taxi.

Some buildings also don't allow you to have dogs or any other pets. This is another challenge too. So before you have a dog, make sure that your building allows dogs. As a dog owner in a place where not everybody is fond of dogs, beware of the food found in the streets. Don't let your dog lick it because it might be poisoned.

In the end, dogs in Hong Kong are for those who have the means to shelter and take care of them. If you know that the dog will just suffer and have a hard time living with you, then it might not be a good idea to have a dog for now.

Cat - 貓 (Maau1)

Cat - 貓 (Maau1)

Next is another favorite pet of humans, which are cats. This is the reason why it is included in the list of animals in Cantonese that we will learn. Unlike dogs, cats are more independent, making it somehow easier to take care of. They can live whit small places, and they don't need much attention. But of course, in Hong Kong, just like dogs, not all the places are cat-friendly. In deciding whether on not to get a cat, there are some factors to be considered.

First, are you going to adopt a kitten or an older one? Kittens are easy to be trained. Older cats may have a hard and long time adjusting, especially when they used to be stray cats. To help them adjust, you can take home something from their previous homes, like a toy or something else. You should also put safety nets and windows protection, especially if you're living in a high place. It's best to build something in your house where your cat can climb. Of course, prepare for some scratches all over the place.

Most of all, don't forget to get a new collar for your cat to make you feel that it is officially yours. In case it gets lost, there are higher chances that it will find its way back to you.

Fish - 魚 (Jyu2)

Fish - 魚 (Jyu2)

After learning the two pet animals in Cantonese, let us now go to one of the most ingredients in seafood dishes in Cantonese cuisine. Did you know that Hong Kong has one of the highest consumption of seafood? One of the most in-demand fish in Hong Kong is mackerel, joined by other seafood like lobsters, crabs, clams, and sea urchins.

Bird - 鳥 (Liu5)

Bird - 鳥 (Liu5)

Birds are one of the animals in Cantonese that we will learn about because Hong Kong has a fun fact about birds. Did you know what is Hong Kong's national bird is? Well, I bet you couldn't find the answer because Hong Kong hasn't declared its national bird until this day. But, there are different types of birds that you can see in Hong Kong, like Rock pigeons, Spotted doves, Black-faced spoonbills, Eurasian tree sparrows, and more.

Panda - 熊貓 (Hung4 Maau1)

Panda - 熊貓 (Hung4 Maau1)

You might be wondering why Panda has suddenly appeared in this main list of animals in Cantonese. The real reason behind this is that the Giant Panda in Hong Kong's national animal. If you have played Tekken, there's a character there named Panda which is a bodyguard of Ling Xiaoyu, a Chinese fighting character in Tekken. From there, you can see that Chinese culture really gives importance to pandas.

In Hong Kong, they treasure pandas, and two of the well-known giant pandas are An An and Jia Jia. Fun fact, giant pandas are tiny newborns that weigh around 100 g. When they reach adulthood, they can weigh up to 100 kg, or 1,000 times their birth weight.

 

Other Names Of Animals In Cantonese

Did you know that the Cantonese word for squirrel, which is 豪豬 hou4 zyu1, literally means arrow pig rabbit? If you have enjoyed learning the first five animals in Cantonese, here are some more:

Farm Animals

English Translations CantoneseJyutping
cowngau4
chicken雞 雞gai1
hen雞屋gai1 uk1
rooster公雞gung1 gai1
turkey火雞fo2 gai1
pigzyu1
sheep 綿羊min4 joeng2
goat山羊saan1 joeng4
duckaap3

Other Mammals

English Translations Cantonese Jyutping
bearhung4
beaver海瀨hoi2 caat3
deer鹿luk2
elephant大笨象daai6 ban6 zoeng6
elk麋鹿mei4 luk2
grizzly bear大灰熊daai6 fui1 hung4
hedgehog刺蝟ci3 wai6
koala樹 熊syu6 hung4
lion獅子si1 zi2
leopardpaau3
monkey馬騮maa5 nau1
mouse老鼠lou5 syu2
moose麋鹿mei4 luk6
polar bear北極熊bak1 gik6 hung4
pantherpaau3
porcupine豪豬hou4 zyu1
rat 鼠syu2
rabbittou3
reindeer馴鹿seon4 luk6
squirrel松鼠cung4 syu2
tiger老虎lou5 fu2
wolflong4
werewolf狼人long4 jan4

Fish And Other Marine Animals

English Translations Cantonese Jyutping
fishjyu4
dolphin海豚hoi2 tyun4
shark鯊魚saa1 jyu4
sea horse海馬hoi2 maa5
whale鯨魚king4 jyu4
 lobster龍蝦lung4 haa1
 killer whale殺人鯨saat3 jan4 king4

Birds And Other Flying Animals

English Translations Cantonese Jyutping
bat蝙蝠pin1 fuk1
crow烏鴉wu1 ngaa1
dove白鴿baak6 gap3
eaglejing1
owl貓頭鷹maau1 tau4 jing1
parrot鸚鵡jing1 mou5
pigeon白鴿baak6 gap3
vulture禿鷹tuk1 jing1
seagull海鷗hoi2 au1

Bugs And Insects

CantoneseJyutping English Translations
ant螞蟻maa1 ngai5
bugcung4
bee蜜蜂mat6 fung1
butterfly蝴蝶wu4 dip6
cockroach曱甴gaat6 zaat6
dragonflytong4 mei1
fly烏蠅jing4
ladybug甲蟲gaap3 cung4
mosquitoman1
spider蜘蛛zi1 zyu1
wasp黃蜂wong4 fung1

Amphibians And Reptiles

CantoneseJyutping English Translations
crocodile鱷魚ngok6 jyu4
dragonlung4
frog青蛙cing1 waa1
lizard壁虎bik1 fu2
snakese4
turtlegwai1

 

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