The Chinese word 可以 is a versatile word that can mean “can”, “may”, “able to”, or “permitted”. It is often used to express permission or to ask for permission to do something. For example, if someone asks “Can I go to the bathroom?” in Chinese, they would say “我可以去洗手间吗？”. It can also be used to indicate that something is possible or allowed, such as “你可以说中文” which means “You can speak Chinese (here/with me)” Overall, 可以 is a very useful and common word in Chinese.
Auxiliary Verb: can, may, able to
|你可以去看电影||nǐ kěyǐ qù kàn diànyǐng||You can go watch a movie|
|我们可以一起吃午饭||wǒmen kěyǐ yīqǐ chī wǔfàn||We can have lunch together|
|他可以说流利的中文||tā kěyǐ shuō liúlì de zhōngwén||He can speak fluent Chinese|
|她可以唱得很好听||tā kěyǐ chàng de hěn hǎotīng||She can sing very well|
|这个周末我们可以去爬山||zhège zhōumò wǒmen kěyǐ qù páshān||We can go hiking this weekend|
|你可以在这里等一下||nǐ kěyǐ zài zhèlǐ děng yīxià||You can wait here for a moment|
|我们可以在这家餐厅吃晚饭||wǒmen kěyǐ zài zhè jiā cāntīng chī wǎnfàn||We can have dinner at this restaurant|
|他可以帮你修理电脑||tā kěyǐ bāng nǐ xiūlǐ diànnǎo||He can help you repair your computer|
可以 is part of HSK Level 2 in both HSK 2.0 and HSK 3.0.