The Chinese word 要 has multiple meanings and uses, but it is commonly translated as “want” or “need”. It can be used to express a desire or preference for something, as in “我要喝水”, or to indicate a requirement or necessity, as in “你要学习”. It can also be used to form commands, questions or requests, as in “要不要来一杯咖啡?”. Overall, 要 is a versatile and frequently used word in Chinese.
Auxiliary Verb: to want to, going to
Conjunction: if, in case
|我要去买东西||wǒ yào qù mǎi dōngxi||I want to go buy something|
|你要吃什么？||nǐ yào chī shénme?||What do you want to eat?|
|他要学中文||tā yào xué zhōngwén||He wants to learn Chinese|
|我们要去旅游||wǒmen yào qù lǚyóu||We want to go on a trip|
|你要看电影吗？||nǐ yào kàn diànyǐng ma?||Do you want to watch a movie?|
|她要买一件新衣服||tā yào mǎi yī jiàn xīn yīfú||She wants to buy a new dress|
|我们要准备好礼物||wǒmen yào zhǔnbèi hǎo lǐwù||We need to prepare the gifts well|
|他要去图书馆借书||tā yào qù túshūguǎn jiè shū||He wants to go to the library to borrow books|
要 is part of HSK Level 2 in HSK 2.0. In the newer HSK 3.0 it is part of HSK Level 1 and HSK Level 4.