Its Raining

上星期有一日好熱,一日好凍,一日落雨。今個星期係點樣呀?!今日唔熱唔凍,又冇雨。香港嘅天氣好奇怪。

soeng6 sing1 kei4 jau5 jat1 jat6 hou2 jit6 ,jat1 jat6 hou2 dung3 ,jat1 jat6 lok6 jyu5 。gam1 go3 sing1 kei4 hai6 dim2 joeng6 aa3 ?!gam1 jat6 ng4 jit6 ng4 dung3 ,jau6 mou5 jyu5 。hoeng1 gong2 ge3 tin1 hei3 hou3 kei4 gwaai3 。

Thanks to the guys at iTalki for helping me with the grammar again.



Being British I talk (or moan) about the weather a lot.  In Hong Kong there are a lot of complex weather systems affecting the territory and as a result we get a lot of variability – depending on if there are storms in Southern China, typhoons coming across the Pacific etc.

I started learning some basic types of weather, starting with seasons:


Seasons 季節

gwai3 zit3

春天

ceon1 tin1
Spring

夏天

haa6 tin1
Summer

秋天

cau1 tin1
Autumn

冬天

dung1 tin1
Winter


Weather 天氣

tin1 hei3

好熱

hou2 jit6
Hot

好凍

hou2 dung3
Cold

落雨

lok6 jyu5
Raining

落雪

lok6 syut3
Snowing

晴天

cing4 tin1
Sunny

fung1
Wind

wan4
Cloud

大霧

daai6 mou6
Foggy


Hong Kong Observatory 香港天文台

hoeng1 gong2 tin1 man4 toi4

There are a number of terms which are specific to Hong Kongs’ weather which are used on the Observatory website.  One set is related to cyclone severity:

熱帶低氣壓

jit6 daai3 dai1 hei3 aat3
Tropical Depression

熱帶風暴

jit6 daai3 fung1 bou6
Tropical Storm

強烈熱帶風暴

koeng4 lit6 jit6 daai3 fung1 bou6
Severe Tropical Storm

颱風

toi4 fung1
Typhoon

強颱風

koeng4 toi4 fung1
Severe Typhoon

超強颱風

ciu1 koeng4 toi4 fung1
Super Typhoon


Warnings: Definitions and Meanings 各類警告定義

gok3 leoi6 ging2 gou3 ding6 ji6

一號戒備信號

jat1 hou6 gaai3 bei6 seon3 hou6
T1: Standby Signal No.1

三號強風信號

saam1 hou6 koeng4 fung1 seon3 hou6
Strong Wind Signal No.3

八號東北烈風或暴風信號

baat3 hou6 dung1 bak1 lit6 fung1 waak6 bou6 fung1 seon3 hou6
No.8 Northeast Gale or Storm Signal

九號烈風或暴風增強信號

gau2 hou6 lit6 fung1 waak6 bou6 fung1 zang1 koeng4 seon3 hou6
Increasing Gale or Storm Signal No.9

十號颶風信號

sap6 hou6 geoi6 fung1 seon3 hou6
Hurricane Signal No.10

黃色暴雨警告信號

wong4 sik1 bou6 jyu5 ging2 gou3 seon3 hou6
Amber Rainstorm Warning Signal

紅色暴雨警告信號

hung4 sik1 bou6 jyu5 ging2 gou3 seon3 hou6
Red Rainstorm Warning Signal

黑色暴雨警告信號

haak1 sik1 bou6 jyu5 ging2 gou3 seon3 hou6
Black Rainstorm Warning Signal

雷暴警告

leoi4 bou6 ging2 gou3
Thunderstorm Warning

新界北部水浸特別報告

san1 gaai3 bak1 bou6 seoi2 zam3 dak6 bit6 bou3 gou3
Special Announcement on Flooding in the Northern New Territories

山泥傾瀉警告

saan1 nai4 king1 se3 ging2 gou3
Landslip Warning

強烈季候風信號

koeng4 lit6 gwai3 hau6 fung1 seon3 hou6
Strong Monsoon Signal

霜凍警告

soeng1 dung3 ging2 gou3
Frost Warning

黃色火災危險警告

wong4 sik1 fo2 zoi1 ngai4 him2 ging2 gou3
Yellow Fire Danger Warning

紅色火災危險警告

hung4 sik1 fo2 zoi1 ngai4 him2 ging2 gou3
Red Fire Danger Warning

寒冷天氣警告

hon4 laang5 tin1 hei3 ging2 gou3
Cold Weather Warning

酷熱天氣警告

huk6 jit6 tin1 hei3 ging2 gou3
Very Hot Weather Warning

海嘯警告

hoi2 siu3 ging2 gou3
Tsunami Warning


7-day Weather Forecast 七天天氣預報

cat1 tin1 tin1 hei3 jyu6 bou3

This is a translation of the weather forecast for the week that I started writing this.  The short sentences are fairly easy to understand and could be used in a sentence when discussing the weather.  It was a fairly cloudy week in May.

部分時間有陽光

大致多雲,能見度較低。稍後有幾陣驟雨。

多雲,間中有雨。

多雲,有幾陣驟雨。

大致多雲,有幾陣驟雨。

bou6 fan6 si4 gaan1 jau5 joeng4 gwong1

daai6 zi3 do1 wan4 ,nang4 gin3 dou6 gaau3 dai1 。saau2 hau6 jau5 gei2 zan6 zau6 jyu5 。

do1 wan4 ,gaan3 zung1 jau5 jyu5 。

do1 wan4 ,jau5 gei2 zan6 zau6 jyu5 。

daai6 zi3 do1 wan4 , jau5 gei2 zan6 zau6 jyu5 。

Sunny periods.

Mainly cloudy with relatively low visibility. A few showers later.

Cloudy with occasional rain.

Cloudy with a few showers.

Mainly cloudy with a few showers.


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