yào want; essential

Made up of [西 west radical 146, female; woman radical 38]
Number of strokes 9

Related characters

Using : hǎo (good) ān (peace) nǚ (woman) tā (she) jiě (elder sister) fù (woman) mèi (younger sister) rú (as) shǐ (to begin) mā (mother) nǎi (milk) ǎi (low) gū (paternal aunt) xìng (surname) lóu (multi-story building)

Different tone

yāo (youngest) yǎo (to bite)

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stroke order for 要
Stroke order for character 要, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license


人要脸,树要皮 rén yaò liǎn, shù yaò pí Reputation ('face') is important to maintain at all costs
也要马儿好,也要马儿不吃草 yě yaò mǎ ér haǒ, yě yaò mǎ ér bù chī caǒ To prosper you must make compromises, you can not have it all your own way


我们要两杯咖啡 wǒ mén yào liǎng bēi kā fēi We want to cups of coffee
你好我要买一张票 nǐ hǎo wǒ yào mǎi yī zhāng piào Hello, I want to buy a ticket
你要去那儿 nǐ yào qù nà r Where do you want to go?
我要一瓶青岛啤酒 wǒ yào yī píng qīng dǎo pí jiǔ I want a bottle of Qingdao beer
你要那种颜色 nǐ yào nà zhǒng yán sè What color do you want?
还要青菜吗 hái yào qīng cài mǎ Are there any more vegetables?

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