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Vocabulary for the 25 Most Commonly Used Verbs of Any Language

二十五個最常用的動詞
25 Words 8 Comments
go
(v)
heoi3
go
直去 直去
zik6 heoi3
go straight ahead
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eat
(v)
hek3
eat
一家人吃過早餐。 一家人吃過早餐。
jat1 gaa1 jan4 hek3 gwo3 zou2 caan1
The family ate breakfast.
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drink
(v)
jam2
drink
喝膠樽裝飲品 喝膠樽裝飲品
hot3 gaau1 zeon1 zon1 jam2 ban2
drink from a plastic bottle
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come
(v)
loi4
come
女孩曾經走近攝錄機。 女孩曾經走近攝錄機。
neoi5 haai4 cang4 ging1 zau2 gan6 sip3 luk6 gei1
The girl came towards the video camera.
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sleep
睡覺 睡覺 (v)
seoi6 gaau3
sleep
嬰兒在氈上睡覺。 嬰兒在氈上睡覺。
jing1 ji4 zoi6 zin1 soeng6 seoi6 gaau3
The baby sleeps on the blanket.
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understand
(v)
dung2
understand
ask
(v)
man6
ask
大學生問教授問題。 大學生問教授問題。
daai6 hok6 sang1 man6 gaau3 sau6 man6 tai4
The university student asks the professor a question.
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run
(v)
paau2
run
女人在跑道上跑。 女人在跑道上跑。
neoi5 jan2 zoi6 paau2 dou6 soeng6 paau2
The woman runs on the track.
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think
(v)
soeng2
think
女人想答案。 女人想答案。
neoi5 jan2 soeng2 daap3 on3
The woman thinks about the answer.
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know
知道 知道 (v)
zi1 dou3
know
認識自己 認識自己
jing6 sik1 zi6 gei2
know yourself
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need
需要 需要 (v)
seoi1 jiu3
need
我需要幫忙。 我需要幫忙。
ngo5 seoi1 jiu3 bong1 mong4
I need help.
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take
(v)
naa4
take
人們拿了士多啤梨。 人們拿了士多啤梨。
jan4 mun4 naa4 liu5 si6 do1 be1 lei2
The people took the strawberries.
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use
(v)
jung6
use
程式設計員用電腦。 程式設計員用電腦。
cing4 sik1 cit3 gai3 jyun4 jung6 din6 nou5
The programmer uses the computer.
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work
工作 工作 (n)
gung1 zok3
work
女人正在辦公室工作。 女人正在辦公室工作。
neoi5 jan2 zing3 zoi6 baan6 gung1 sat1 gung1 zok3
The woman is working at the office.
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give
(v)
kap1
give
父親在給兒子硬幣。 父親在給兒子硬幣。
fu6 can1 zoi6 kap1 ji4 zi2 ngaang6 bai6
The father is giving coins to his son.
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speak
(v)
syut3
speak
講者曾經在會議演講。 講者曾經在會議演講。
gong2 ze2 cang4 ging1 zoi6 wui6 ji5 jin2 gong2
The speaker spoke at the conference.
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say
(v)
syut3
say
人們說你好。 人們說你好。
jan4 mun4 syut3 nei5 hou2
The people say, "Hello."
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start
開始 開始 (v)
hoi1 ci2
start
運動員開始了賽事。 運動員開始了賽事。
wan6 dung6 jyun4 hoi1 ci2 liu5 coi3 si6
The athletes started the race.
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see
(v)
hon3
see
遊客看了日落。 遊客看了日落。
jau4 haak3 hon3 liu5 jat6 lok6
The tourists watched the sunset.
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leave
出門 出門 (v)
ceot1 mun4
leave
離開公司 離開公司
lei6 hoi1 gung1 si1
leave a company
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become
成為 成為 (v)
sing4 wai4
become
變成蝴蝶 變成蝴蝶
bin3 sing4 wu4 dip2
become a butterfly
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wait
(v)
dang2
wait
遊客曾經等火車。 遊客曾經等火車。
jau4 haak3 cang4 ging1 dang2 fo2 ce1
The traveler waited for the train.
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play
(v)
waan2
play
exist
存在 存在 (v)
cyun4 zoi6
exist
call
(v)
daa2
call
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CantoneseClass101.com
Saturday at 7:19 am
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Hi KC,


Thanks for leaving your feedback! We will go through the list and get back to you soon. 😉


Ada

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KC
Tuesday at 10:23 pm
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The tone numbers in the jyutping doesn't seem to be matching the pronunciation on some of these.

CantoneseClass101.com
Monday at 2:40 am
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Hello Lalla,


Thank you for your comment. I understand how you feel and what you mean.


For everyday life conversation people use the spoken form and for the print or formal notice, written form is used most of the time. You probably feel that the spoken form is more commonly used because you can use it in your daily life.

The Survival Phrases lessons introduce lots of useful spoken form usage. Hope you find it more comfortable to start with.

https://www.cantoneseclass101.com/lesson-library/before-you-travel-to-hong-kong-survival-cantonese-phrases/


Siuling

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Lalla
Friday at 7:39 pm
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I am now totally confused. I wish I could use this site, but having completed a Pimsleur course I am now presented over and over again with COMPLETELY different words for things such as, already commented on below, the word for 'eat' (I've learned 'sik'). I appreciate that words can be different in written Cantonese from those that are spoken, but how on earth is one supposed to make progress when there seem to be so many variations? I don't know which new vocabulary is the correct one to be learning. I appreciate, too, that there are more traditional ways of saying things and more slangy ways of saying things. But somehow, somewhere, one needs to be able to know how to move forward with a difficult language made more difficult by such confusion!!!


Help!

CantoneseClass101.com
Tuesday at 12:52 am
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Hello Heather,


吃 is more like the written form of Cantonese. Both 吃 and 食 mean "eat".


Siuling

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CantoneseClass101.com
Tuesday at 12:44 am
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Hello Jeff,


Thank you for your comment. The one looks like the direct translation from 普通话 is also commonly used as a written or formal expression of Cantonese.


Siuling

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Heather
Tuesday at 9:28 pm
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I'm confused by the use of 吃 for eat. I thought eat was 食 sik6. (My husband's first, but somewhat forgotten, first language is Cantonese and he said sik6 makes more sense to him as well.)

Jeff
Tuesday at 11:46 am
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Some of these words seem to be a direct translation from 普通话 rather than the colloquial Cantonese that we should be getting.