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The Chinese word yao - 要 - yào
(to want in Chinese)

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Phonetic script (Hanyu Pinyin)


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(Mandarin = standard Chinese without accent)

Note: This Chinese character can also be pronounced yāo. However, with a different pronunciation, the meaning of the character will change as well (not yet available in this dictionary).

English translations

to want, to wish, to ask somebody to do something, must, will,
in case, to invite, to ask for, to claim

Chinese character and stroke order animation"How do I write 要 ( yào ) correctly?"

The strokes that all Chinese characters are composed of are to be written in a certain order which has originally been defined by Chinese calligraphy. Writing all characters according to the same rules assures that their intended shape and style are generally preserved even if written by different writers.
This dictionary shows you the correct stroke order as an animation for all characters so you can learn and understand how to write the character correctly.

Chinese characters  ( yao / yào ) with pronunciation (English translation: to want )
The traditional Chinese characters of yào are identical with the modern (simplified) characters displayed above.
Chinese Pinyin example sentence with 要 ( yao / yào ) Writing in Pinyin
Before using this Pinyin example sentence, consider that Chinese characters should always be your first choice in written communication.
If you cannot use Chinese characters, it is preferable to use the Pinyin with tones. Only use the Pinyin without tones if there's no other option (e.g. writing a text message from/to a mobile phone that doesn't support special characters such as ā, í, ŏ, ù).

Ni yao he dian shui ma?
Nĭ yào hē diăn shuĭ ma?
 – English translation: Do you want to drink some water?

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is composed of 9 strokes and therefore is of low complexity compared to the other simplified Chinese characters (average: 13.1 strokes).

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要 ( yao / yào ) belongs to the 50 most common Chinese characters (rank 34)
Chinese example words containing the character 要 ( yao / yào )
必要 ( bìyào = necessary ), 不要 ( búyào = do not ), 想要 ( xiăngyào = to want to ), 需要 ( xūyào = need ), 要求 ( yāoqiú = to request ), 要不 ( yàobu = or ), 要是 ( yàoshi = if ), 只要 ( zhĭyào = so long as ), 重要 ( zhòngyào = important ), 主要 ( zhŭyào = main )
Other characters that are pronounced yào in Chinese
More words that mean to want in Chinese
xīwàng ( 希望 )
More words that mean to wish in Chinese
xīwàng ( 希望 ), yuànyì ( 愿意 ), zhù ( 祝 )

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