Practical Cantonese 4 – 作狀

作狀 / 扮嘢 (zok3 zong6 / baan6 je5):intentionally pretend you are cool, more important or better; but sometimes people may use it in opposite way – intentionally pretend you are pity, weak …


m4 hou2 baan6 je5 laa1 ,gin6 je5 dou1 m4 hai6 gam3 gwai3 ze1 。

Don’t exaggerate – it wasn’t that expensive.

🤮 我冇作狀㗎!呢個係我食過嘅最難食嘅一餐。

ngo5 mou5 zok3 zong6 gaa3 !ne1 go3 hai6 ngo5 sik6 gwo3 ge3 zeoi3 naan4 sik6 ge3 jat1 caan1 。

I’m not exaggerating – it was the worst meal I’ve ever eaten in my life.

(The two examples are copied from


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