Memory Phrase (Mnemonic) for 要


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Meaning

a need, to demand, to request, must

Pronunciation

yāo, yào

Explanation

Top: west 覀/西 (Under the horizon 一 the sun 日 sinks 儿 at the sunset in the west.) [Here: 覀 as a handbag with a big handle], bottom: woman 女

Mnemonic

A handbag is for women: a need.

Radicals

西 west
woman

Vocabulary

要是 yào shi if
要诀 yào jué the key trick; the secret of success
要挟 yāo xié to threaten
摘要 zhāi yào summary; abstract
首要 shǒu yào the most important; of chief importance
要件 yào jiàn key document; important condition; criterion; requirement; requisite; cornerstone
要紧 yào jǐn important; urgent
将要 jiāng yào will; shall; be going to
要素 yào sù essential factor; key constituent
重要性 zhòng yào xìng importance
要不 yào bù otherwise; or; or else; how about...? (one choice or the other); either this, or else...

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