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Hi guys! Welcome to Cantonese Top Words! Today we are going to talk about the Top 25 Cantonese Verbs. We use it everyday, every hour, a lot of the time.
係 (hai6) “be”
我係Olivia。 (ngo5 hai6 Olivia.) “I am Olivia.”
喺 (hai2) “be (somewhere)”
Notice that it’s very similar to the last “to be”, it’s 係 (hai6) and 喺 (hai2). 係 (hai6) is in 6th tone, and this one is in 2nd tone, 喺 (hai2). It means “to be (somewhere)”, it’s always linked to a location. In a sentence: 喺 (hai2)
我喺香港。 (ngo5 hai2 hoeng1 gong2.) “I'm in Hong Kong.”
唔係 (m4 hai6) “not be”
我唔係男人。 (ngo5 m4 hai6 naam4 jan2.) “I'm not a guy.” “I'm not a man.” as you can tell.
有 (jau5) “have”
我有三隻狗。 (ngo5 jau5 saam1 zek3 gau2.) “I have three dogs.” They’re really cute!
冇 (mou5) “not have”
冇 (mou5) is the opposite of 有 (jau5), which is “to not have”.
我冇錢。 (ngo5 mou5 cin2.) “I don't have money.”
去 (heoi3) “go”
去 (heoi3) is “to go”
我去夏威夷。 ngo5 heoi3 haa6 wai1 ji4.) “I go to Hawaii.”
嚟 (lei4) “come”
你嚟啦! (nei5 lei4 laa1!) “(You) come over here.” It’s like “you come here!”
可以 (ho2 ji3) “can; may”
可以 (ho2 ji3) is “can” of “may”.
我可以彈琴。 (ngo5 ho2 ji3 taan4 kam4.) “I can play piano.”
我可以彈琴。 (ngo5 ho2 ji3 taan4 kam4.)
要 (jiu3) “want; need”
我要食飯! (ngo5 jiu3 sik6 faan6!) “I need to eat (rice or something)!”
我要食嘢! (ngo5 jiu3 sik6 je5!) “I need to eat something!”
想 (soeng2) “want to; would like to”
想 (soeng2) is “to want to” or “would like to”
我想... (ngo5 soeng2…) what do I want…?
我想飲咖啡。 (ngo5 soeng2 jam2 gaa3 fe1.) “I want to drink coffee.”
我想飲咖啡。 (ngo5 soeng2 jam2 gaa3 fe1.)
整 (zing2) “make”
整 (zing2) “to make”
我整鞋。 (ngo5 zing2 haai4.) “I make shoes.”
我整鞋。 (ngo5 zing2 haai4.)
做 (zou6) “do”
做功課 (zou6 gung1 fo3) “to do homework”
做功課 (zou6 gung1 fo3)
食 (sik6) “eat”
包 (baau) “bun”
“I eat a bun, a bread.” 我食包。 (ngo5 sik6 baau1)
飲 (jam2) “drink”
飲 (jam2) “to drink”
我飲茶。 (ngo5 jam2 caa4.) “I drink tea.”
飲 (jam2), 我飲茶。 (ngo5 jam2 caa4.)
鍾意 (zung1 ji3) “like”
鍾意 (zung1 ji3) “to like”, “to be fond of”
我鍾意你呀! (ngo5 zung1 ji3 nei5 aa3!) “I like you!”
學 (hok6) “learn”
學 (hok6) “to learn”
我學廣東話。 (ngo5 hok6 gwong2 dung1 waa2.) “I learn Cantonese.”
So that’s something you can tell people now that you saw our videos.
問 (man6) “ask”
我問問題。 (ngo5 man6 man6 tai4.) “I ask a question.”
講 (gong2) “say; or speak”
講 (gong2) is “say” or “speak”
我講廣東話。 (ngo5 gong2 gwong2 dung1 waa2.) “I speak Cantonese.”
聽 (teng1) “listen”
聽 (teng1) “to listen”
我聽音樂。 (ngo5 teng1 jam1 ngok6.) “I listen to the music.”
諗 (lam2) “think”
諗 (lam2) is “to think”
我諗我遲到。 (ngo5 lam2 ngo5 ci4 dou3.) “I think I'm late.”
知道 (zi1 dou3) “know”
知道 (zi1 dou3) is “know (something)”, “know (a fact)”
我知道你呃我。 (ngo5 zi1 dou3 nei5 ak1 ngo5.) “I know you lied to me.”
我知道 (ngo5 zi1 dou3 ) “I know”
識 (sik1) "know", or “know how to”
So 識 (sik1) is “to know”, “to be skillful of (something)”
So 我識廣東話。 (ngo5 sik1 gwong2 dung1 waa2.) “I know Cantonese.”
You can tell people that now. 我識廣東話。 (ngo5 sik1 gwong2 dung1 waa2.) “I know Cantonese.”
買 (maai5) “buy”
買鞋 (maai5 haai4) “buy shoes”
There are a lot of things we can buy.
睇 (tai2) “see”
睇 (tai2) “to see” or “to watch”
For example, 睇戲 (tai2 hei3) “to watch a movie”
睇星星 (tai2 sing1 sing1) “to watch the stars (in the sky)”
走 (zau2) “leave”
走 (zau2) “to leave”, “to go”, or “to exit”
“to leave”
我走喇,拜拜! (ngo5 zau2 laa3, baai1 baa3!) “I'm leaving now, bye!”
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