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yao

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Dance like no one is watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like no one is listening, Live like it's heaven on earth.
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See also yāo, yáo, yǎo, and yào

Mandarin

Verb

yao (Pinyin yào, simplified )

  1. want
  2. shall; will; be about to
  3. must; should; need to
    Zhongguo yao xiandaihua jiu yao fazhan kexue. "Science must be developed if China wants to modernize."
    yao bǎozhí jiu yao touzi. "if you want to maintain the value of your money, you have to invest."

Pinyin syllable

yao

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, yāo, yáo, yǎo, or yào.

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

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