Like any other language, some verbs in Chinese are used all the time in everyday life and can help you express basic but essential sentences for people in China to understand. In this article, we will introduce you to the most common Chinese verbs, followed by sentence patterns with characters, pinyin, explanations, and Vietnamese translations.

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10 Important Chinese Verbs You Need to Remember.

SHì – OK

我 的 妈妈 是 医生.
wǒ de māmā shì yīshēng

[我 Mine] [妈妈 mother] [是 is] [医生 doctor]
My mother is a doctor.

马云 是 阿里巴巴 公司 的 老板.
M Yún shì ālǐbābā gōngsī de lǎobǎn

[马云 Ma Yun, a name] [是 is] [阿里巴巴 Alibaba] [公司 company] [的 owned] [老板 boss]
Ma Van is the CEO of Alibaba company.

披萨 是 意大利 的 特色.
pīsà shì yìdàlì de tesè

[披萨 pizza] [是 is] [意大利 Italian] [的 possessive] [特色 special features]
Pizza is an Italian specialty.

LOVE – YES

我 家 有 三 间 房间.
wǒ jiā yǒu sān jiān fángjiān
[我 my] [家 home] [有 there] [三 three] [间 measure word] [房间 room]
There are three rooms in my house.

李 小姐 有 十年 的 工作 经验.
lǐ xiǎo jiě yǒu shí nián de gōngzuò jīngyàn
[李 Li, common Chinese surname] [小姐 Miss] [有 yes] [十 ten] [年 years] [的 possessive grain] [工作 job] [经验 experience].
Ms. Li has 10 years of work experience.

冰箱 里 还有 三个 苹果.
bīngxiāngǐ picking yǒu san g pínggu .
[冰箱 refrigerator] [里 inside] [还 still] [有 there] [三 three] [个 measure word] [苹果 apple]
There are still three apples in the fridge.

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HOW - WANT

你 要 看哪 一部 电影?
nǐ yao kàn nǎ yī compensate dingayǐng ?
[你 you] [要 want] [看 look] [哪 do] [一 one] [部 measure words] [电影 movie]
Which movie do you want to see?

?
nǐ jīntiān wǎnsngay yô chī shénme ?
[你 you] [今天 today] [晚上 evening] [要 want] [吃 eat] [什么 something]
What would you like for dinner?

为什么 她 不要 陪 你 买 衣服
wèishénme tā compensate yô péi nǐ mǎi yīfú
[为什么 why] [她 her] [不 negative prefix] [要 want] [陪 come with] [你 you] [买 buy] [衣服 clothes]
Why doesn't she want to buy clothes with you?

喜欢 XǏHUAN - LIKE

我 的 姐姐 不 喜欢 吃 臭豆腐.
wǒ de jiějiě offset xǐhuān chòudòufu
[我 my] [姐姐 sister] [不 negative prefix] [喜欢 like] [吃 eat] [臭豆腐 rotten tofu]
My sister doesn't like to eat rotten tofu.

你 最 喜欢 踢 足球 还是 游泳?
nǐ zuì xǐhuān tīzúqiú picking shì yóu yǒng
[你 you] [最 most] [喜欢 like] [踢 play ball] [还是 or, used in interrogative questions] [游泳 swim]
Do you prefer playing football or swimming?

如果 你 喜欢 我, 你 就 可以 跟 我 说.
rugu rú nǐ xǐhuān wǒ,nǐ jiù kěyǐ gēn wǒ shuō
[如果 if] [你 you] [喜欢 like] [我 me] [你 you] [就 only] [可以 can] [跟 with] [我 me] [说 say]
If you like me, you can tell me.

DELICIOUS – LOOK, SEE, VIEW, READ

她 今天 只想 待 家 看 电视.
tā jīntiān zhǐ xiǎng long jiā kàn diànshì
[她 her] [今天 today] [only] [想 want] [待 stay] [家 home] [看 watch] [电视 TV]
Today she just wants to stay at home and watch TV.

小红 喜欢 在 咖啡 厅 看书.
Xiǎoháng xǐhuān zái kāfēitīng kàn shū
[小红 Xiaohong, a name] [喜欢 like] [在 in] [咖啡 cafe] [看 read] [书 book]
Xiaohong likes to read books at coffee shops.

我 每 周末 都 去看 足球 比赛.
wǒ měi gè zhōumò dōu qù kàn zúqiú bǐsai
[我 me] [每 every] [周末 weekend] [都 all ] [去 go] [看 watch [足球 football] [比赛 competition]
I watch football matches every weekend.

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QÙ – GO

我们 明天 去 日本 旅游.
wǒmén minhtiān qù rìběn lǚyóu
[我们 us] [明天 tomorrow] [去 go] [日本 Japan] [旅游 travel]
We will travel to Japan tomorrow.

她 昨天 跟 朋友 一起 去 酒吧.
tā zuótiān gēn péngyǒu yī qǐ qù jiǔbā
[她 her] [昨天 yesterday] [跟 with] [朋友 you] [一起 together] [去 go] [酒吧 bar]
She went to a bar with friends yesterday.

我 很饿. 我们 去 哪里 吃饭?
wǒ hěn è. wǒmén qù nǎlǐ chīfàn
[我 me] [很 very] [饿 hungry]。 [我们 we] [去 go] [哪里 where] [吃饭 eat]
I'm hungry. Where do we eat?

DRIVE – GO

你 从哪里来 的?
nǐng nǎlǐ drive de ?
[你 you] [从 from] [哪里 where] [来 to] [的 is used at the end of affirmative sentences for emphasis]
Where are you from?

我 来 过 这 家 饭馆 两次.
wǒ driving guò zhè jiā fanguǎn liǎng cì
[我 me] [来 to] [过 mark the action that happened] [这 this] [家 measure word] [饭馆 restaurant] [两 two] [次 time]
I have been to this restaurant twice.

客人 来 了. 帮 我 开 一瓶 葡萄酒.
embankment rén driving le bāng wǒ kāi yī píng pútóijiǔ
[客人 guest] [来 arrival] [了 mark action as completed] [帮 help] [我 me] [开 open] [一 one] [瓶 bottle] [葡萄酒 wine]
Guests have arrived. Help me open a bottle of wine.

– BUY

我 要买 三张 公共汽车 票.
wǒ yao mǎi sān zhāng gōnggongqìchē pião
[我 me] [要 want] [买 buy] [三 three] [张 measure from] [公共汽车 bus] [票 ticket]
I want to buy three bus tickets.

我 的 老公 喜欢 去 百货公司 买 衣服.
wǒ de lǎo gōng xǐhuān qù bihuògōngsī mi yīfú
[我 Mine] [老公 husband] [喜欢 like] [去 go] [百货公司 mall] [买 buy] [衣服 clothes]
My husband likes to go to the mall to buy clothes.

我 买 了 一瓶 香水 送 我 的 弟弟.
wǒ mǎi le yī píng xiāngshuǐ casino wǒ de aunty
[我 me] [买 buy] [了 – mark action as completed] [一 one] [瓶 bottle] [香水 perfume] [送 for] [我 my] [弟弟 brother]
I bought a perfume bottle for my brother.

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– KNOW

我 不 知道 他 叫 什么 名字.
wǒ compensate zhīdào tā jiao shénme minhzì
[我 I] [不 negative prefix] [知道 know] [他 he] [叫 call] [什么 what] [名字 name]
I don't know his name.

我 知道 这个 国家, 但是 我 没 去过.
wǒ zhīdào zhè gè guójiā ganshì wǒ méi qù guò
[我 I] [知道 know] [这 this] [个 measure word] [国家 country] [但是 but] [我 I] [没 not yet] [去 go] [过 who does the action]
I know this country, but I've never been there.

你 不 知道 这个 歌手 吗? 他 很有名.
nǐ compensate zhī zhè gè gēshǒu cheek tā hěn yǒumíng
[你 you] [不 negative prefix] [知道 know] [这 this] [个 measure word] [歌手 singer] [吗 question particle for “yes-no” question]? [他 he ] [很 very] [有名 famous ]
You do not know this singer? He is very famous.

RNSHI – KNOW, UNDERSTAND, KNOW

我 很 高兴 认识 你.
wǒ hěn gāoxīng smithshí nǐ
[我 me] [很 very] [高兴 funny] [认识 know / meet] [你 you]
Nice to meet you.

我 在 图书馆 认识 他.
wǒ zái Túshūguǎn smithshí tā
[我 me] [在 at] [图书馆 library] [认识 know / meet] [他 him]
I met him at the library.

她 是 谁? 我 不 认识 她.
tā shì shéi wǒ compensate forging shí tā
[她 she] [是 is] [谁 ai]? [我 me] [不 negative prefix] [认识 know / meet] [她 she]
Who is she? I do not know her.

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