Kwéyòl Verbs

Live Viv Learn Apwann
Die Teach Titj / Enstwi
Eat Manjé Talk / Speak Palé
Drink Bwè Hear Tann
Sleep Dòmi Listen Kouté
Wake up Lévé Look Gadé
Read Li See Wè / Vwè
Write Ékwi Sell Vann
Study Étidyé Buy Ganyen / Achté
Think Katjilé Say / Tell Di
Kiss Bo Pray Pwédyé / Pwiyédyé
Laugh Wi Sing Chanté
Smile Souwi Dance Dansé
Kill Tjwé Fight Goumen
Slander Mépwizé Cook Tjwit
Chat Kozé Wash Lavé
Borrow / Lend Pwété Clean Nétwayé
Run Kouwi Celebrate Sélébwé
Walk Maché Send Voyé
Help Enndé / Édé Come Vini
Steal Vòlè Hide Séwé
Thank Wimèsyé / Wimèsi Go Alé
Cry Pléwé Love / Like Enmen
Pay Péyé Hate Hayi
Want Vlé / Voudwé Deserve Méwité
**The spelling of Kwéyòl verbs do not change according to the subject
or object of the verb. Instead, verb markers are used to indicate the tense
being used.**

Examples:
Nou ka apwann Kwéyòl. (We are learning Kwéyòl.) - Present Continuous Tense
Mwen ké alé dèmen. (I will go tomorrow.) - Future Tense
Nou té ka kouté. (We were listening.) - Imperfect Tense
David té enndé Tina yè. (David helped Tina yesterday.) - Past Tense
Mwen enmen’w. (I love/like you.) - Present tense.

NOTE: The verb marker “ka” (Present Continuous Tense) is not used
with certain verbs. These are mainly verbs which express emotional
attitudes, such as: like/love; hate; want; desire.

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