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40 Important Mandarin Chinese Verbs!

1. 是 [shì] ~ (to) be

2. 有 [yǒu] ~ (to) have

3. 做 [zuò] ~ (to) do; (to) make

4. 可以 [kě yǐ] ~ can; (to) know how to

5. 认识 [rèn shí] ~ (to) know (how)

6. 知道 [zhī dào] (怎样) (zěn yàng) ~ (to) know; (to) be acquainted with

7. 理解 [lǐ jiě] ~ (to) understand

8. 讲 [jiǎng] ~ (to) speak; (to) talk

9. 听 [tīng] ~ (to) listen to

10. 听到 [tīng dào] ~ (to) hear

11. 看 [kàn] ~ (to) see

12. 觉得 [jiào dé] ~ (to) feel

13. 活着 [huó zhe] ~ (to) live

14. 要 [yào] ~ (to) want

15. 需要 [xū yào] ~ (to) need

16. 喜欢 [xǐ huān] ~ (to) like

17. 爱 [ài] ~ (to) love

18. 给 [gěi] ~ (to) give

19. 拿 [ná] ~ (to) take

20. 玩 [wán] ~ (to) play

21. 笑 [xiào] ~ (to) laugh

22. 来 [lái] ~ (to) come

23. 去 [qù] ~ (to) go

24. 坐 [zuò] (…) 去 [qù] ~ (to) go by (…) (e.g. by car)

25. 写 [xiě] ~ (to) write

26. 读 [dú] ~ (to) write

27. 计数 [jì shù] ~ (to) count

28. 发音 [fā yīn] ~ (to) pronounce

29. 拼 [pīn] ~ (to) spell

30. 共轭 [gòng è] ~ (to) conjugate

31. 记住 [jì zhù] ~ (to) remember

32. 忘记 [wàng jì] ~ (to) forget

33. 吃 [chī] ~ (to) eat

34. 试 [shì] ~ (to) try

35. 用 [yòng] ~ (to) use

36. 打开 [dǎ kāi] ~ (to) open

37. 关闭 [guān bì] ~ (to) close

38. 欢迎 [huān yí] ~ (to) greet; (to) welcome

39. 开始 [kāi shǐ] ~ (to) begin

40. 结束 [jié shù] ~ (to) end


Song Vocab [3/?]
Levante - Non me ne frega niente


sognare - to dream

essere - to be

fare - to do, to make

contare - to count, to matter

partire - (most commonly:) to leave, to set off, (in this case:) to start

combattere - to fight, to battle

stare - to be, to stay

lanciare - to throw

rimanere - to stay, to remain

crollare - to collapse, to crash, to crumble

prendere - to take

gridare - to scream, to yell

pregare - to pray, to ask (for sth.)

capire - to understand

scandalizzare - to scandalize, to shock

iniziare - to initiate, to start

scorrere - to slide, to flow

scrivere - to write

scendere - to get out, do go down

avere - to have

lottare - to fight

succedere - to happen

vedere - to see


la pace - the peace

il mondo [i mondi] - the world 

la guerra [le guerre] - the war

la storia [le storie] - the history, the story

il colore [i colori] - the colour

la pelle [le pelli] - the skin

la rivolta [le rivolte] - the revolt 

lo scudo [gli scudi] - the shield

lo schermo [gli schermi] - the screen

l’arma [le armi] - the weapon

la tastiera [le tastiere] - the keyboard

il giorno [i giorni] - the day

la trincea [le trincee] - the trench

l’opinione [le opinioni] - the opinion

la sera [le sere] - the evening

la gente [le genti] - the people

l’aiuto [gli aiuti] - help

l’immagine [le immagini] - the image

la bufera [le bufere] - the storm

il codardo [i codardi] - the coward

il diario [i diari] - the diary, the journal

la verità [le verità] - the truth

la piazza [le piazza] - the square

il cane [i cani] - the dog

il tempo [i tempi] - the time

il modem [i modem] - the modem  

la luce [le luci] - the light


bravo - good

uguale - equal

indifferente - indifferent

porno - pornographic

codardo - cowardly

spento - off


sempre - always

a casa - at home

di giorno - by day  

solo - just, only

da che parte - whereabout, from where 


ma - but

se - if

mentre - while, meanwhile, as


quello - that (one)

tutti - all

chi - who


senza - without

con - with

fino a… - until

per - for


non me ne frega niente - I don’t care, I don’t give a damn

non me frega niente - nothing matters to me

non me ne frega niente di niente - I don’t care about anything

non mi vogliate male - don’t hurt me

Originally posted by save-rock-and-cats

Līgo/Jāņi Vocabulary in French

Fêter, célébrer - to celebrate (v.)
Boire - to drink (v.)
Chanter - to sing (v.)
Ivre, saoul - drunk (adj.)
Lettonie - Latvia (f.)
Solstice d’été - Summer solstice (m.)
Feu - fire (m.)
Bière - beer (f.)
Famillie - family (f.)
Couronne de fleurs - flower crown (f.)
Mélampyre - cow wheat (n.)
Trèfle - clover (m.)
Bouleau - birch (m.)
Chêne - oak (m.)

I fucking hate languages.

The Greeks had this word, right, we have no idea where it came from, it just kinda popped up out of nowhere, and it could mean either apples, cheeks, or boobs. Problem is it looked and sounded *exactly* like another, unrelated word which could mean sheep, goat, or any animal in general really, which must have got confusing if you were a farmer talking about your livestock, but anyway…

Then the Romans, having stolen practically everything else from the Greeks, thought they’d nick this word too, because Latin isn’t confusing enough without throwing in a bunch of loan words. And they adopted it to mean a pumpkin.

Then the English came along and were all like “when in Rome”, and stole it, where it became our word ‘melon’. Which has now come back to mean boobs.

How do you like them apples.

you know when you’re born in a non-english speaking country bilingualism is kind of a default. we are taught english from a young age so when someone asks me what languages do i speak, i respond with “well croatian and english obv, but im studying french and russian too”. and that bothers me. because english is fucking hard. in my country bilingualism is default, trilingualism is expected, and people get impressed when you speak five fucking languages where as native english speakers are praised for learning one (1) foreign language. i get that english is a major global language and why it is taught, but it bothers me that even if i spoke 5 languages fluently it would be useless if i didnt speak perfect english. and along with that, all of my hard work that i put into my english is dismissed because english is expected of me.
rant over.

french garden vocabulary 🌻🌷

🌿 Types of gardens

  • le jardin garden
  • le patio patio garden
  • le jardin sur le toit roof garden
  • la rocaille rock garden
  • le jardin floral a flower garden
  • le jardin d'agrément an ornamental garden
  • le jardin botanique a botanical garden
  • le jardin de fruit a fruit garden
  • un verger - orchard
  • le jardin potager a vegetable garden
  • le jardin paysan cottage garden
  • le jardin d’eau water garden

🍁 Some garden objects

  • un etang à poissons fish pond
  • le parterre flowerbed
  • le pavé paving
  • l’allée path
  • la pelouse lawn
  • la haie hedge
  • le potager vegetable garden
  • la serre greenhouse
  • le tas de compost compost heap
  • la fontaine fountain
  • le sol soil
  • la terre topsoil
  • le sable sand
  • la chaux chalk
  • l’argile clay
  • les outils de jardin garden tools
  • le balai à gazon lawn rake
  • la bêche spade
  • la fourche fork
  • le râteau rake
  • la tondeuse lawnmower
  • la brouette wheelbarrow
  • le terreau compost
  • le gravier gravel
  • les gants de jardinage gardening gloves
  • le pot à fleurs flower pot
  • l’arrosage watering
  • l’arrosoir watering can
  • le tuyau d’arrosage hose
  • la pelouse lawn

💐 Verbs

  • tondre to mow (the lawn)
  • ratisser to rake
  • tailler to trim
  • semer to sow
  • bêcher to trim
  • arroser to water
  • désherber to weed
  • pailler to mulch
  • cultiver to cultivate
  • récolter to harvest
  • cueillir to pick

🌱 Types of plants

  • les plantes à fleurs flowering plants
  • les plantes plants
  • les mauvaises herbes weeds
  • le bambou bamboo
  • la fougère fern
  • l’herbe herb
  • l’arbre tree
  • la plante aquatique water plant
  • le palmier palm
  • à feuilles persistantes evergreen
  • à feuilles caduques deciduous
  • la plante grasse succulent
  • le cactus cactus
  • la plante en pot potted plant
  • la plante d’ombre shade plant
  • la plante grimpante climber
  • l’herbe grass
  • la plante rampante creeper
  • l’arbuste à fleurs flowering shrub
  • les graines seeds
  • saplings les jeunes plants d'arbres
  • plant cuttings - les boutures de plantes

🌹 Types of flowers

  • rose la rose
  • marigold le souci
  • tulip la tulipe
  • crocus le crocus
  • lily le lys
  • iris l'iris
  • sweet pea le pois de senteur
  • geranium le géranium
  • gladiolus le glaïeul
  • chrysanthemum le chrysanthème
  • sunflower le tournesol
  • zinnia le zinnia
  • aster l'aster
  • dahlia le dahlia
  • daisy la pâquerette
  • carnation l'oeillet
  • primrose le primevère
  • peony la pivoine
  • bluebell la campanule
  • begonia le bégonia
  • daffodil la jonquille
  • jasmine le jasmin
  • lavender la lavande
  • azalea l'azalée
  • orchid l'orchidée
  • water lily le nénuphar

🌲 Types of trees

  • orange tree l'oranger
  • lemon tree le citronnier
  • plum tree le prunier
  • pear tree le poirier
  • olive tree l'olivier
  • cherry tree le cerisier
  • apple tree le pommier
  • apricot tree l'abricotier
  • fig tree le figuier

In French we don’t say “love at first sight” we say “un coup de foudre” which literally translates to “a clap of thunder” and that’s the stuff people write novels about.

Submitted by @smilefakerbreathtaker