能 / Able
From Wong Sam and assistants, An English-Chinese Phrase Book, Jerry & Co, 1875
My name is Ah Quong.
I was cook for Mrs. Black and Tenth street for three years.
I can bring you good references.
I must answer the door-bell promptly.
I hear she wants a Chinese cook.
The men are striking for wages.
Can you put a bolt on this door for me?
Here is the ticket for your clothes.
Here are your folded shirts.
I am content with my situation.
When you wait on the table, Charley, you must wear a white apron.
Yes, this is our contract.
How much does it cost?
I don’t know; I am a stranger here myself.