Do you know how to say “can” in Chinese?
能 néng, 会 huì, 可以 kěyǐ – all of them are correct!
👉 能 (néng) describes what you are objectively able (or not able) to do, what you are capable of. So it means that you have the ability to do something.
(Tā néng pǎo shí gōnglǐ)
He can run ten kilometers
(Nǐ jīntiān néng lái ma?)
Can you come today?
👉会 (huì) describes what you can do once you’ve learned how to do it or you’ve been trained. So it means that you know how to do something.
(Wǒ huì chànggē)
I can sing
(Wǒ huì shuō Hànyǔ)
I can speak Chinese
👉可以 (kěyǐ) describes what others let (or not let) you do or if you have permission to do it.⠀
🔹 老师 ，我可以早点儿走吗？
(Lǎoshī, wǒ kěyǐ zǎodiǎnr zǒu ma?)
Teacher, can I leave early?
(Wǒ kěyǐ zài zhèlǐ tíngchē ma?)
Can I park here?