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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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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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Which phrase do you like the most?

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Friday at 07:35 PM
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Hello robert groulx,

You are very welcome. 😇

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robert groulx
Wednesday at 01:22 AM
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thank you for the lesson

my favorite word is 我走喇,拜拜


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Hello LH,

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Let us know if you have any questions! 😄


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Wednesday at 01:27 AM
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Two new words: 1 我整鞋。I make shoes. 2 你呃我。You lie to me.

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Monday at 05:49 AM
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Hello jet,


ngo5 sik1 siu2 siu2 zung1 man2.

I know a little bit of Chinese.

Feel free to send us any other questions. 😄


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Hi! how do you say "I know a little bit of Chinese"😄😭

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Hi Adrian,

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Tuesday at 01:23 AM
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I understand their is a vocabulary list ("Seasonal Vocabulary" https://www.cantoneseclass101.com/learningcenter/seasons/vocabulary_list/58) listed under Absolute Beginner Cantonese for Every Day. I've only watched the verbs video so far, but I believe it would be convenient to have all the verbs listed together (or, alternatively, to have a specific list of vocab per video lesson). That way, one could quickly listen to how a word is pronounced again and again without having to click on a timeline in a video. As well, one could more easily practice all the words in a given lesson in an expedited manner.

Cheers, and thank you for the wonderful lessons!


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Hi Erol Alici,

Glad you enjoy the video lesson! There are a lot of fun and useful lessons waiting for you to explore. Enjoy! :thumbsup:


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Erol Alici
Thursday at 06:10 AM
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I get distracted by the Leng Nui in the video :-)