Verbs in Cantonese

Verbs are a key part of any language. The Cantonese verbs list below will help you learn common Cantonese verbs in no time. Together with other basic nouns and adjectives, this will quickly allow you to express basic things in Cantonese. For even more Cantonese verbs, take a look at our learning resources for Cantonese at the end of the page.
Basic Cantonese Verbs
Cantonese Action Words
Movements in Cantonese
Cantonese Business Verbs

Basic Cantonese Verbs

to open in Cantonese開 (hoi1)
to close in Cantonese關 (gwaan1)
to sit in Cantonese坐 (co5)
to stand in Cantonese企 (kei5)
to know in Cantonese知 (zi1)
to think in Cantonese諗 (nam2)
to win in Cantonese贏 (jing4)
to lose in Cantonese輸 (syu1)
to ask in Cantonese問 (man6)
to answer in Cantonese回答 (wui4 daap3)
to help in Cantonese幫 (bong1)
to like in Cantonese鐘意 (zung1 ji3)
to kiss in Cantonese錫 (sek3)
to eat in Cantonese食 (sik6)
to drink in Cantonese飲 (jam2)

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Cantonese Action Words

to take in Cantonese攞 (lo2)
to put in Cantonese放 (fong3)
to find in Cantonese搵到 (wan2 dou3)
to steal in Cantonese偷 (tau1)
to kill in Cantonese殺 (saat3)
to fly in Cantonese飛 (fei1)
to attack in Cantonese攻擊 (gung1 gik1)
to defend in Cantonese保衛 (bou2 wai6)
to fall in Cantonese落 (lok6)
to choose in Cantonese選擇 (syun2 zaak6)
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Movements in Cantonese

to run in Cantonese跑 (paau2)
to swim in Cantonese游水 (jau4 seoi2)
to jump in Cantonese跳 (tiu3)
to pull in Cantonese拉 (laai1)
to push in Cantonese推 (teoi1)
to throw in Cantonese扔 (wing1)
to crawl in Cantonese爬行 (paa4 hang4)
to fight in Cantonese打交 (daa2 gaau1)
to catch in Cantonese捉 (zuk1)
to roll in Cantonese碌 (luk1)
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Cantonese Business Verbs

to buy in Cantonese買 (maai5)
to pay in Cantonese買單 (maai5 daan1)
to sell in Cantonese賣 (maai6)
to study in Cantonese學 (hok6)
to call in Cantonese打電話 (daa2 din6 waa2)
to read in Cantonese讀 (duk6)
to write in Cantonese寫 (se2)
to calculate in Cantonese計數 (gai3 sou3)
to measure in Cantonese量 (loeng4)
to earn in Cantonese賺 (zaan6)
to count in Cantonese計 (gai3)
to scan in Cantonese掃描 (sou3 miu4)
to print in Cantonese打印 (daa2 jan3)

Verbs in Cantonese

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Cantonese Vocabulary Books

Learn Cantonese - Quick / Easy / Efficient

Learn Cantonese - Quick / Easy / Efficient

This vocabulary book is a curated Cantonese word frequency list with 2000 of the most common Cantonese words and phrases. Following the Pareto principle (80/20 rule), this book is built to streamline the learning process by concentrating on the core words and sentence structures. The result is a unique book ideal for driven learners and language hackers.
Cantonese Vocabulary Book

Cantonese Vocabulary Book

This Cantonese vocabulary book contains more than 3000 words and phrases and is organized by topic to make it easier for you to pick what to learn first. It is well suited for learners of all levels who are looking for an extensive resource to improve their vocabulary or are interested in learning vocabularies in one particular area of interest.

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