The Chinese word “还是” is a conjunction that is commonly used to express “or” in a question or a statement. However, it can also be used to express a preference or a choice between two options. For example, “你喜欢喝茶还是咖啡?” means “Do you prefer to drink tea or coffee?” In this case, “还是” is used to indicate a choice between the two options.
Adverb: still, nevertheless
|你还是去问问老师吧||nǐ hái shì qù wèn wèn lǎo shī ba||You should still go ask the teacher|
|我还是喜欢吃中餐||wǒ hái shì xǐ huān chī zhōng cān||I still prefer to eat Chinese food|
|他还是不肯道歉||tā hái shì bù kěn dào qiàn||He still refuses to apologize|
|你还是别去那个地方了||nǐ hái shì bié qù nà gè dì fāng le||You still shouldn’t go to that place|
|我还是觉得这个决定不太好||wǒ hái shì jué de zhè gè jué dìng bù tài hǎo||I still think this decision isn’t very good|
|他还是很喜欢音乐||tā hái shì hěn xǐ huān yīn yuè||He still really likes music|
|你还是别开车了，喝了酒||nǐ hái shì bié kāi chē le, hē le jiǔ||You still shouldn’t drive after drinking|
|我还是不知道该怎么办||wǒ hái shì bù zhī dào gāi zěn me bàn||I still don’t know what to do|
还是 is part of HSK Level 3 in HSK 2.0. In the newer HSK 3.0 it is part of HSK Level 1.