The Chinese word 渴 means “thirsty”. It is commonly used to describe the feeling of being in need of water or other liquids. For example, if someone asks you if you want a drink and you are thirsty, you can reply with “我很渴”, which means “I am very thirsty”. 渴 can also be used in a figurative sense, such as when someone is “thirsty” for knowledge or success, in which case the word is translated as “渴望”.
|我很渴，想喝冰水||wǒ hěn kě, xiǎng hē bīng shuǐ||I’m very thirsty and want to drink ice water|
|这么热的天气，你不觉得渴吗？||zhème rè de tiānqì, nǐ bù juédé kě ma?||It’s so hot today, don’t you feel thirsty?|
|喝酒会让人感到更渴||hē jiǔ huì ràng rén gǎndào gèng kě||Drinking alcohol will make you feel even more thirsty|
|跑步后我总是特别渴||pǎobù hòu wǒ zǒng shì tèbié kě||I always feel especially thirsty after running|
|喝太多咖啡会让人感到渴||hē tài duō kāfēi huì ràng rén gǎndào kě||Drinking too much coffee can make you feel thirsty|
|在沙漠里，渴死是很危险的||zài shāmò lǐ, kě sǐ shì hěn wēixiǎn de||In the desert, dying of thirst is very dangerous|
|健康的人应该每天喝足够的水，以免渴了||jiànkāng de rén yīnggāi měitiān hē zúgòu de shuǐ, yǐmiǎn kě le||Healthy people should drink enough water every day to avoid getting thirsty|
渴 is part of HSK Level 3 in HSK 2.0. In the newer HSK 3.0 it is part of HSK Level 1.