Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Character a Day 要




manuscript: 
大家早上好,goodmorning everyone.
In this video, we are going to learn this character 要.
The basic meaning of 要 is to want or need. Just like in English, we say,” I want something”, we can say, “ 我要something”
For example:
我要茶。
wǒ yào chá.    I want tea.
我要牛排。
wǒ yào niú pái .   I want steak.
我要炒饭。
wǒ yào chǎo fàn . I want fried rice.

This sentence structure is very useful when you want to buy something or order food when you are eating out.


In English, we also say, “ I want to do something.”  Similarly, we can say ,” 我要do something.”
我要看电影。
wǒ yào kàn diàn yǐng .   I want to  see a movie.
我要买书。
wǒ yào mǎi shū .      I want to buy some books.
我要学中文。
wǒ yào xué zhōng wén . I want to learn Chinese.

Let’s wrap it up. Two main sentence patterns:
我要  something.
我要 to do something.