100 most common verbs

I scrubbed a list that I found on the web of the “100 most common Spanish verbs”. I don’t vouch for the accuracy of the claim, but I thought it would be a good way to check Kala’s vocabulary, and demonstrate some nuance of meaning. You’ll notice that there is not always a one-to-one correlation, and that the overlap (or lack thereof) works in both directions.

KalaSpanish – English

aestar; ser; existir – to be; exist
amollevar – to carry
anuoír; escuchar – to hear; listen
anyaver; mirar – to see; watch/look at
asavivir – to live
atallamar – to call
ela / muntacambiar – to change
empacorrer – to run
emyapasar; ocurrir – to happen/pass/occur
hasusuponer – to suppose
hauacreer – to believe
heyanecesitar – to need
kaladecir – to say
kalahablar – to speak/talk
kanyopreguntar; pedir – to ask (for)
kapyaaceptar; recibir – to accept; receive
kayoperder – to lose
kematrabajar – to work
kipoesperar – to wait/hope
kitlacrear – to create
kupamorir – to die
matotocar – to touch/play
matsuganar – to earn/win
moheponer – to put
motorecordar – to remember
moyaescribir – to write
mulacomenzar; empezar – to begin; start
muntaconvertir – to convert/change
muyaformar; hacer; porducir – to form/make/do/produce
myontapermitir – to permit/allow
nahelaentrar – to enter
nasanacer – to be born
nkilaaparecer – to appear
nkomalevantar – to get up/raise
nokoquedar – to stay
nomo / amyagustar – to like
nyauelasalir – to go out
nyeteabrir – to open
omo / ntaloconsiderar – to consider
omyoestudiar – to study
opuaterminar; acabar – to finish/end
palapoder – to be able to
pitsideber – to owe
satadirigir – to direct
sato / unyaconocer – to know/meet
semyeexplicar – to explain
sokapresentar – to introduce/present
sonu / tliyaresultar – to turn out
talallegar; venir; volver – to arrive; come (back); return
tapyaseguir – to follow
tasa / teyobuscar – to look for
tehacumplir; realizar; lograr; alcanzar – to achieve/manage to; reach
tekatratar – to treat
tepareconocer – to recognize
tikusacar – to take out
tipuacaer – to fall
tlahapartir – to leave
tlinaparar – to stop
tloyadescubrir; encontrar – to discover; find
tomemantener – to maintain/keep
tomoofrecer – to offer
tonosentir – to feel
to’opagar – to pay
tse’eparecer – to seem
ualotraer – to bring
uasiconseguir; tomar – to get; take
uehaquerer – to want/love
unyasaber; comprender; entender – to know; understand; comprehend
upyaintentar – to try
utsaservir – to serve/function
yalair – to go
yatedejar – to leave/allow
yaueutilizar – to use
yetadar – to give
yohahaber; tener – to have
yomucontar; leer – to count; read
yoteayudar – to help
yotijugar – to play

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Amal phrase


ne segra duyú budunai
NEG follow.INF emotion-ACC PROX-world-GEN
Don’t follow the sentiment of the world.

Kala phrase


ya nye na yala kanyok | naye na ikaya haninke yala | yalali ke tsaka nayo a
VOC reason 1s go ask-NEG | while 1s PROX-world limit-NEG go | step-each O house 1s.GEN COP
But do not ask me where I am going, as I travel in this limitless world, every step I take is my home.

Kala phrase


otlamaya ke nyelo yatek ku misa tapyak naye tala ma yala
bird-water O remainder abandon-NEG and path follow-NEG while come and go
Coming, going, the waterbirds don’t leave a trace don’t follow a path.

Kala Phrase

ha ke uenye hayo kesahe
3s O income 3s.GEN calculate-NEC
She needs to calculate her income.

Kala phrase

kumanila ke suata pue nam inapua to’otli
bear-blue O account after 1pl eat-PFV pay-FUT
Blue-Bear will pay the bill after we finish eating.

Kala phrase

takuha yema takuhi nayo ke tompo onyo
brother-AUG both.X.and.Y brother-DIM 1s.GEN O martial.art learn
My older and younger brothers both study martial arts.