Chinese Verbs

Verbs are a key part of any language. Below you find a list of some of the most important Chinese verbs to get started with. Together with other basic nouns and adjectives, this will quickly allow you to express basic things in Chinese. For even more verbs, take a look at our learning resources for Chinese at the end of the page.

EnglishMandarin
to know知道 (zhī dào)
to think想 (xiǎng)
to come来 (lái)
to put放 (fàng)
to take拿 (ná)
to find找到 (zhǎo dào)
to listen听 (tīng)
to work工作 (gōng zuò)
to talk说 (shuō)
to give给 (gěi)
to like喜欢 (xǐ huan)
to help帮助 (bāng zhù)
to love爱 (ài)
to wait等 (děng)
to stand站 (zhàn)
to sit坐 (zuò)
to close关 (guān)
to open开 (kāi)
to lose输 (shū)
to win赢 (yíng)
to die死 (sǐ)
to live活 (huó)
to drink喝 (hē)
to eat吃 (chī)
to walk走路 (zǒu lù)
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