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Catnonese: "zi" or "sik" - what´s the difference

I was wondering when to use "zi" (知) or "sik" (悉) when asking someone "do you know...?". e.g. "Lei sik m'sik... or "Lei zi m'zi...?"

For learning: Chinese (Cantonese)
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    Jack is right.

    But I think you probably want to know the difference between 知 and 識 instead.
    (識 also shares the same pronunciation with 悉)

    知 is mainly used when asking about if others know about a fact.
    e.g. 你知唔知德國喺係歐洲? Do you know Germany is in Europe?

    識 is mainly used when asking about if others know about other people or can perform a skill.
    e.g. 你識唔識Peter嘅細佬? Do you know Peter's younger brother?
    你識唔識游水? Can you swim?

    If we ask someone:"Do you know what I say?" we say in Cantonese like "你知唔知我讲咩?"
    If we ask someone know somebady, we say:"你悉唔悉距?"
    Sometime they are the same meaning. For example:
    --"Do you know how to fix the computer?"
    --"I dont know."
    you can use zi" (知) or "sik" (悉) like"我唔知/悉". But I think "知" is more formal than "悉".

    Hope it can help you:)

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