The Chinese word “呀” is a particle that is often used to express surprise or emphasis. It is similar to the English words “oh” or “wow”. It can also be used to soften the tone of a sentence or to make a request sound more polite.
Particle: to express surprise or doubt
|看，那边有只小狗呀！||kàn, nà biān yǒu zhī xiǎo gǒu ya!||Look, there’s a little dog over there!|
|你要来吃饭呀？||nǐ yào lái chīfàn ya?||Are you coming to eat?|
|她的生日快到了呀！||tā de shēngrì kuài dàole ya!||Her birthday is coming soon!|
|好热呀，我要喝水||hǎo rè ya, wǒ yào hē shuǐ||It’s so hot, I need to drink water|
|快看，那里有只小鸟呀！||kuài kàn, nàlǐ yǒu zhī xiǎo niǎo ya!||Look, there’s a little bird over there!|
|你喜欢吃这个呀？||nǐ xǐhuān chī zhège ya?||Do you like to eat this?|
|我们要走了呀，再见！||wǒmen yào zǒule ya, zàijiàn!||We’re leaving now, goodbye!|
|她唱歌真好听呀！||tā chànggē zhēn hǎotīng ya!||She sings really well!|
呀 is part of HSK Level 4 in both HSK 2.0 and HSK 3.0.